MLB playoff roundup: Dodgers, Braves, Astros advance
Will Smith had a Dodgers playoff record of five hits and drove in three runs when Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 12-3 in Arlington, Texas on Thursday for a three-game sweep in their best-of -Five National League Division to complete series.
The Dodgers will face the Atlanta Braves in the Best of Seven NL championship series from Monday in Arlington, who completed a three-game run against the Miami Marlins on Thursday.
Smith also became the first catcher to have a five-hit game in the postseason and the youngest player to have a five-hit playoff game. He is 25 years, 194 days old, and about two months younger than Paul Blair when he went 5v6 in the 1969 American League Championship Series for the Baltimore Orioles.
Cody Bellinger drove three runs for Los Angeles, and Joc Pederson completed a third five-run inning with a two-run single against the field. Julio Urias, who worked five innings of relief and scored only one inexperienced run, clinched his second win in the playoffs.
Braves 7, Marlins 0
Atlanta became the second team in Major League history to record four shutouts in their first five postseason games, a three-game win over Miami in the NLDS in Houston. Starter Kyle Wright and three helpers hid the Marlins with five hits.
After the Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 and 5-0 in the first round, the Braves laid the Marlins 2-0 and 7-0 in sixth place, after Atlanta the best-of-five set had opened with a 9 -5 win on Tuesday. The Braves matched the feat of the New York Giants of 1905, who knocked out the Philadelphia Athletics in four of five games en route to the World Series title.
Wright (1-0), who did not appear in the Cincinnati series, did most of the work for the Braves in Game 3, checking the Marlins on three hits over six innings. He went two and struck seven. A.J. Minter, Jacob Webb and Shane Greene each tossed an inning of relief.
Astros 11, A is 6
Houston scored four home races and reached the fourth consecutive American League Championship Series with a win over Oakland in Los Angeles. In four games, he won the best-of-five-AL division series.
Michael Brantley scored twice, giving the Astros their third player with a multi-homer game in the series. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve also scored home runs in Game 4. Correa went down twice at the start of the series, and George Springer hit two home runs in Game 2.
The 24 home runs between the teams set a record in the division series and were the most homers in a series of five or fewer games, regardless of the round. The A's received two home runs from Ramon Laureano and initially set the division series record for home runs of a single team at 12. The Astros met when Altuve deepened the game in the hand in the seventh inning.
Yankees 5, rays 1
Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit met when New York prevented elimination by beating Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the AL Division Series in San Diego.
The crucial game 5 is Friday. Gerrit Cole will start for the Yankees, while Tampa Bay Tyler Glasnow will start on two rest days. Cole was the winner in Game 1. Glasnow hit 10 in five innings and led the Rays to a win in Game 2.
Torres gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead and some breathing space in the sixth as he drove a Ryan Yarbrough pitch to left field that nearly landed on the third deck. Voit, the major regular season home run hitter at 22, started the standings with an urge to stop opener Ryan Thompson (0-1) and lead the second inning.
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