NYY 5 TB 1: Voit, Torres Homer As Yankees Force A Game 5

Luke Voit hit this impressive 453 foot homer and Gleyber Torres hit one nearly just as far as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 last night to force a deciding fifth game in their AL Division Series.

Voit, who led the majors with 22 homers in the pandemic-shortened season, led off the second by driving a 1-0 pitch from Rays opener Ryan Thompson into the second deck in left field for his first career postseason shot.

The Yankees bounced back from two straight losses against their AL East rivals as Jordan Montgomery and three relievers combined on a three-hitter to set up an expected showdown between aces Gerrit Cole of New York and Blake Snell of Tampa Bay tonight.

Cole, backed by four home runs, beat Snell 9-3 in the series opener Monday and will be pitching on short rest for the first time in his big league career.

The Game 5 winner will remain in San Diego to face the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Sunday night.

The Yankees are trying to reach the ALCS for the third time in four seasons following eliminations by the Astros at that stage in 2017 and last season. The Rays are trying to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 2008, when they made it to their only World Series.

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