The first playoff game of the season was a doozy! In the National League, the Giants beat the Dodgers by a score of 7-1 to take Game 1. On this night at Dodger Stadium, San Francisco’s pitching staff held Los Angeles to just one run on three hits. Meanwhile, their offense got contributions from Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford as they combined for four RBIs. The Red Sox took care of business against Tampa Bay with a 15-6 victory in Game 2 of their ALDS matchup at Fenway Park. Boston got another big game from Jackie Bradley Jr. who smacked three hits and knocked in four runs. After falling behind 2-0 early, the Blue Jays fought back to beat Texas 5-3 behind seven strong innings from Marco Estrada at Rogers Centre.
In the American League Central, Detroit shut out Kansas City 3-0 as Jordan Zimmermann improved to 4-0 in his postseason career. Meanwhile, Cleveland completed their three-game sweep of Boston with a 5-4 win Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. With the victory, the Tribe extended their winning streak to nine games and moved within one win of their first World Series appearance since 1997.
The American League West went to the wire as Houston needed 17 innings to knock off Texas 5-4 in Game 3. The Astros used four pitchers to hold their opponents scoreless over the final seven frames while Marwin Gonzalez 2-for-7, HR, 2 RBIs, and Jason Castro each had two hits and an RBI as the team opened up a 2-1 series lead. In the National League West, Los Angeles defeated San Francisco 3-2 behind a pinch-hit, tie-breaking three-run home run from Justin Turner in the top of the ninth inning at AT&T Park.
Elsewhere, Cleveland had a chance to sweep the Red Sox but the latter fought back to force a Game 4. The Tribe won 6-4 after scoring four runs in the ninth inning led by an RBI single from Coco Crisp, while Texas completed its three-game sweep of Toronto with a 7-6 victory at Globe Life Park.
In another action, Arizona handed San Diego their first loss of the postseason as Jake Lamb hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give his team a 3-2 victory. In other NL playoff action, Washington beat Chicago 5-0 behind seven strong innings from Gio Gonzalez and a two-run home run from Anthony Rendon at Nationals Park.
Washington had a chance to sweep the Cubs but Chicago fought back with a 4-1 victory. Javier Baez hit two home runs and Willson Contreras had three hits as the team took Game 4 at Wrigley Field. In the day’s other matchup, New York outlasted Pittsburgh 7-2 for their third straight win. The Mets have now forced a Game 5 after dropping the first two contests at Citi Field.
In another action Saturday night, Oakland defeated Detroit 4-3 as Chad Pinder hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning at O co Coliseum. To open Sunday’s playoff schedule, Baltimore beat Toronto 5-2 as Adam Jones went 4-for-4 with three RBIs at Rogers Centre.
At Dodger Stadium, Zach Britton got the series-saving save for Baltimore as he struck out Jose Briceno with the bases loaded to preserve a 5-2 victory in Game 4 of the ALDS matchup. The Orioles will go for the sweep on Monday night behind either Chris Tillman or Ubaldo Jimenez.
In the National League, Chicago beat Washington 5-0 as Jon Lester earned NLDS MVP honors by tossing a complete game shutout at Wrigley Field. Meanwhile, New York took a 3-1 series lead over Pittsburgh behind a 9-2 rout on Sunday afternoon to move within one win from a trip to the NLCS. The Mets used a five-run eighth inning to take control of Game 4 as Daniel Murphy hit a three-run triple and Yoenis Cespedes added a two-run double.