CLEVELAND (WJW) – The Cleveland Guardians were back in action for Game 3 of the American Division Series against the New York Yankees and in the last moment of the ninth inning, landed the win 6-5.
Game 3 of the American League Division Series kicked off at Progressive Field at 7:37 p.m.
At the bottom of the first inning, the Guardians took the lead early with an RBI from Josh Naylor, 1-0.
In the second, Gabriel Arias doubled on a sharp drive to left field and Austin Hedges singled on a fly ball to center. A hit by Steven Kwan brought Arias home, 2-0 Guardians.
But the Guardians quickly lost their lead after a Yankees homerun by Aaron Judge in the third, 2-2.
The fourth inning was scoreless, but things changed in the fifth when Oswaldo Cabrera landed a two run homerun, the Yankees now leading 4-2.
Yankees’ Lou Trivino replaced pitcher Luis Severino in the bottom of the sixth. With a single from Will Brenan, Andres Gimenez scored. The Yankees led 4-3.
Then, in the top of the seventh, Harrison Bader made a homerun, widening Yankees’ lead 5-3. It was the team’s third homerun of the night and sixth in three playoff games.
In the ninth, Amed Rosario singled and Myles Straw scored. Yankees lead in a close 5-4 game. With the bases loaded for Cleveland at the very tail end of the ninth, a two-run single from Oscar Gonzalez clenched the win for the Guardians, 6-5.
Cleveland now leads the series 2-1.
In Game 2, little hits turned into big wins for the Guardians as they brought home a 4-2 win in an extra inning Friday.
José Ramírez hustled to reach third base leading off the 10th inning with popup that dropped in left field, 200 feet from home plate. Oscar Gonzalez drove him in with the tiebreaking run on an even shorter opposite-field flare to right, then scored on Josh Naylor’s double, the only hard-hit ball of the inning.
“It’s not an easy way to win but it doesn’t mean you can’t,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona.
There was no travel day because Game 2 was postponed for weather. The Guardians returned Friday night, the city welcoming the team home with a tribute projection on the Terminal Tower building.
In Game 3, RHP Luis Severino (7-3, 3.18) made his first postseason start for the Yankees since 2019 and RHP Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.96) was on the mound for the Guardians after pitching six scoreless innings in Game 2 against Tampa Bay. Severino pitched seven no-hit innings at Texas in his last regular-season start.
The Guardians will host Game 4 from Progressive Field on Sunday at 7:07 p.m.