Kimbrel got into immediate trouble, issuing a four-pitch leadoff walk to Aaron Judge followed by a Didi Gregorius single. Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs before closing out the ninth to earn the save to eliminate the Yankees. Mercifully, Kimbrel ended the game by getting Torres to ground out to third base, which became a bang-bang play at first base. Nunez's throw almost pulled first baseman Steve Pearce off the bag, but Pearce kept his toe in place and Torres was out by less than a step.
The ALCS will begin on Saturday in Boston. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated. Hicks hit a long foul to right that for a few seconds looked like it would make the game 4-3.
Despite the minor blip in the radar, Severino will look to build off his solid, yet shortened Wild Card start - when he tossed four innings of shutout ball while striking out seven and allowing two hits.
Porcello needed only 25 pitches to get through New York's lineup the first time and entered the fifth inning with only 40 pitches.
With the home crowd behind him once again, Severino needs to control the strike zone early, and perhaps get a few more calls on the outside of the plate, than he did against Oakland - to keep his pitch count down.
Veteran left-hander CC Sabathia had faced four batters in the third inning, and the Red Sox had already plated a run, with another two runners on base, when Boone finally got his bullpen heated up.
As it was, the Yankees appeared to have little fight left after the interminable, deflating fourth inning, though a large part of that could be attributed to Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, who carved up their vaunted lineup for seven dominating innings with a fastball that topped out at 101 miles per hour and an assortment of secondary pitches.
Brasier, Barnes and Workman struggled in Game 1 while Rodriguez gave up a three-run bomb in Game 2.
Meanwhile, Justin Verlander will go for the Astros in Game 1, while Gerrit Cole will go in Game 2.
So while the Red Sox roll on seeking their fourth World Series title in 15 years, the Yankees own but one pennant and championship during that span (2009).
Update (9:21 PM ET): It's now 4-0 as Christian Vásquez was able to sneak a solo home run over the fence in right field off of Zach Britton in the top of the fourth inning.
"The way he pitched against them this year, he matches up real well against them", said Cora of Price against the Astros.
Before the last two games, NY was 7-0 at home over the past two postseasons.