Stanton, Judge HR, Yankees beat Guards, into ALCS vs Astros

Oct 18, 2022, 4:28 AM | Updated: 7:11 pm
An empty bottle of champagne sits on home plate after the New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland G...

An empty bottle of champagne sits on home plate after the New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

              An empty bottle of champagne sits on home plate after the New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, center, celebrates with the team after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              The New York Yankees celebrate on the field after defeating the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge reacts after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge celebrates in the locker room after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              An empty bottle of champagne sits on home plate after the New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, center, celebrates with the team after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              The New York Yankees celebrate on the field after defeating the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge reacts after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge celebrates in the locker room after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              An empty bottle of champagne sits on home plate after the New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, center, celebrates with the team after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              The New York Yankees celebrate on the field after defeating the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge reacts after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge celebrates in the locker room after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              The New York Yankees celebrate on the field after defeating the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge reacts after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees relief pitcher Wandy Peralta, left, celebrates with catcher Jose Trevino after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Cleveland Guardians pitching coach Carl Willis, left, talks with catcher Austin Hedges (17) and pitcher Aaron Civale during the first inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series against the New York Yankees, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (65) reacts as he walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series against the Cleveland Guardians, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes reacts as he walks off the field at the end of the top of the third inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series against the Cleveland Guardians, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (65) reacts as he walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series against the Cleveland Guardians, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the second inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              The New York Yankees dugout reacts as Aaron Judge rounds the bases after Judge hit a solo home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the second inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Yankees Aaron Judge reacts as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the second inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              New York Yankees Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Yankees Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of Game 5 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres stepped on second base for the final out, swinging his arms back and forth, four times in all, while glaring at Josh Naylor and the Guardians dugout.

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge rocked Cleveland with early homers, and Nestor Cortes and the New York Yankees rolled into another AL Championship Series matchup with the Houston Astros.

“We got our revenge. We’re happy to beat those guys. Now they can watch on TV the next series for us,” Torres said after the Yankees beat the Guardians 5-1 in the decisive Game 5 of their AL Division Series on Tuesday night. “It’s nothing personal. Just a little thing about revenge.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone won his gamble by starting Cortes on three days’ rest over Jameson Taillon, making the late switch after Monday night’s rain caused a postponement.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona stayed the course with Aaron Civale instead of switching to 2020 Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber on short rest.

“I’ve never done it,” Bieber said. “But could I have? Sure.”

Civale had trouble throwing strikes, and the Guardians never recovered from Stanton’s three-run homer just 21 pitches in.

Taillon will start Wednesday night at Houston, which goes with Justin Verlander. The AL matchup features the league’s top two regular-season teams in the 106-win Astros and 99-win Yankees, a contrast to the NL championship between wild-card San Diego and Philadelphia.

“When they’re all clicking they’re great,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole said of the Astros, his former team. When they’re not all clicking, they’re great.”

Cole got two wins against Cleveland and carved the Guardians with just three words. Naylor made the rocking the baby motion repeatedly while rounding the bases after homering off Cole in Game 4.

Cole responded: “Whatever. It’s cute.”

“We feel like it is a little disrespectful, not just Cole but for the team,” Torres said.

Yankees fans in the sellout crowd of 48,178 greeted Naylor with derisive chants of “Who’s your daddy!” echoing their treatment of Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez two decades ago.

No offense, Naylor said.

“That was so sick,” he said. “That was honestly like a dream come true as a kid. Playing in an environment like this, where they’ve got diehard fans. It’s cool.”

Now 27, Cortes he was traded by the Yankees to Seattle after the 2019 season, was dropped by the Mariners a year later and became an All-Star after resurfacing in the Bronx.

“Just the legend of Nestor,” Boone said. “Honestly going in, I would have been really excited about 10 batters.”

Cortes dominated with three-hit ball for five innings for the win, throwing 61 pitches.

“I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ve been in the gutter before. I’ve been down,” Cortes said. “So for me, this is just a cherry on top,”

Jonathan Loáisiga, Clay Holmes and Wandy Peralta finished with five-hit scoreless relief. Peralta became the first Yankees pitcher to appear in all five games of a Division Series..

“Just getting the last out, it’s hard to explain. It’s such an exciting moment,” Peralta said through a translator.

With two outs and two on, Myles Straw hit a grounder to shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who flipped to Torres to end it.

Anthony Rizzo had a fifth-inning RBI bloop single for AL East champion New York, which is seeking its 28th title and first since 2009,

AL Central champion Cleveland, the youngest team in the majors, remained without a championship since 1948. The Guardians whose $68 million payroll is a fraction of the Yankees’ $274 million, led 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

“I know they are hurting right now,” Francona said. “This needs to be a starting place for us. This can’t just be a good story this year. We need to take this and go, because I think we have a chance to have something really special.”

José Ramírez’s third-inning sacrifice fly drove in the only run for Cleveland, which has lost a big league record 11 straight postseason elimination games.

New York hit .182 but outhomered the Guardians 9-3 as Stanton and Judge each went deep twice. The Yankees scored 16 of their 20 runs on long balls.

“We definitely had to throw the first punch in a game like this,” Stanton said.

Judge, who homered on an opposite-field drive to right against Sam Hentges, became the first player with four homers in winner-take-all postseason games. He tugged at and kissed the interlocking “NY” on his jersey after reaching the dugout.

“I’ve been watching a lot of Premier League soccer games. So I’ve seen those guys doing it,” Judge said. “It was in the moment.”

Civale threw just 12 of 26 pitches for strikes, getting only one swing and miss and just one out.

Torres walked on four pitches leading off, Judge struck out on a full-count curveball and Civale hit Rizzo on the left thigh with a pitch.

Stanton lined a cutter 379 feet into the short right-field porch, a drive that would be a home run in only three of the 30 major league ballparks.

Civale stared into his stall after the game, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, before showering and then answeing questions.

“Just didn’t have great command early on and didn’t last very long,” he said. “Left a pitch up, rand one of the guys that gets paid to hit home runs hit a home run.”

TOO LATE

Cleveland failed to ask for a video review in the fourth inning when Andrés Giménez clearly beat a diving Rizzo to the first-base bag. Francona said he ran out of time.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: LF Aaron Hicks hurt his left knee in a collision with SS Oswaldo Cabrera chasing a Steven Kwan’s popup, which fell for a single. Hicks said his postseason is over after an MRI showed the knee requires a six-week recovery. … RHPs Ron Marinaccio (right shin) and Frankie Montas (right shoulder) could be activated agaist Houston. … OF Andrew Benintendi (right wrist) is unlikely.

UP NEXT

Guardians: Open the season at Seattle on March 30.

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