Yankees beat Guardians, force Game 5

The Yankees beat the Guardians, 4-2, to force a Game 5.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

CLEVELAND -- By the seventh inning on Sunday, as waves of fatigue began to crash in Gerrit Cole’s prized right arm and legs, the right-hander had already achieved his stated objective of cutting through noise and finding his postseason focus. He had answered the call in a critical win-or-else scenario, needing a win to keep the Yankees’ season alive.

Still, Cole dug for more, vowing to leave no ounce of adrenaline unused. Cole pumped his 110th and final pitch of the night through the strike zone, celebrating his eighth strikeout with a fist pump and primal roar. With his team’s back against the wall, the $324 million man had delivered, leading the Yankees to a 4-2 Game 4 victory over the Guardians at Progressive Field.

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