The New York Yankees have made a living of coming back from deficits this postseason, and they will have to do the same in the ALCS. They began that process on Monday night, as C.C. Sabathia struck out five over six innings in the Yankees' 8-1 rout of the Houston Astros in Game 3. The win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, as Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge both had three-run long balls on the night. Judge's home run helped him snap a 4-for-31 slump this postseason, which included one home run, four RBI, and 19 strikeouts. The Yankees overcame two 2-1 losses in Houston in the first two games, improving to 4-0 at home this postseason after going 51-30 at Yankee Stadium during the regular season. The victory also snapped a seven-game ALCS losing streak for the Yankees, which dates back to Sabathia's win over the Texas Rangers in 2010. The Astros rallied in the ninth a bit, getting just one run on an Alex Bregman bases loaded walk, before Jose Altuve hit into a game-ending double play. The Yankees host Game 4 of the series on Tuesday evening, where they can once again complete a rally by tying the series.
Kucherov Leads Lightning Over Red Wings
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings came in to Monday night's game as two of the hottest teams in the NHL to begin the season, one of which was expected, the latter, not so much. The Lightning got two goals from Nikita Kucherov, including the game-winner early in the third period, for a 3-2 win on the road. Kucherov was able to push the puck through the legs of goalie Jimmy Howard less than two minutes into the final period, as Tampa Bay improved to 5-1 and moved into first place atop the Atlantic Division. They have now won four in a row, as Kucherov extended his goal streak to six games on Monday night, with his first goal coming in the first period. Tyler Johnson also scored on a short-handed breakaway attempt in the opening period, reminding Detroit of what he did to them in the 2016 playoffs. The Red Wings got a goal on a penalty shot from Justin Abdelkader, while Mike Green added a tally to erase an early 2-0 deficit. They will hit the road to continue their tough week against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The Lightning get no rest, as they are back at it on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Titans Fend Off Colts on Monday Night Football
It was a quiet, defense-dominated first half of football on Monday night between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, but that was before Marcus Mariota and his offense figured things out. Mariota connected with Taywan Taylor for a 53-yard touchdown pass with 5:29 left, helping the Titans pull away late for a 36-22 win at home. The victory snaps an 11-game losing streak against the Colts, a streak that was tied for the longest current losing streak against one team in the NFL. Mariota finished with 306 passing yards and the one touchdown pass, as the Titans pulled into a three-way tie for first in the AFC South with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans at 3-3. Jacoby Brissett got another start for the Colts in place of the injured Andrew Luck and fell just short on a fourth down run in the fourth quarter, sealing the loss that dropped them to 2-4. Derrick Henry added to the Titans' lead with a late 72-yard touchdown run, as he finished with a career-high 131 yards. DeMarco Murray also found the end zone on the ground, helping Tennessee snap a mild two-game losing streak. They will visit the winless Cleveland Browns next week, while the Colts return home to host the Jaguars.