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Rays' bats quiet as Yankees force decisive Game 5

A trip to the American League Championship series is on the line for the Rays and Yankees in Game 5 Friday night.
Credit: AP
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, left, rounds the bases Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (48) watches after Torres hit a two-run home run during the sixth inning to score Brett Gardner in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO — Could another Tampa Bay team win it all? The Rays are just one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series.

But, now, so are the Yankees.

New York's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night forced a decisive Game 5 on Friday night. The winner will take on the Houston Astros in the ALCS, and for the Rays, that would mean a chance at redemption against the team that ousted them in last year's postseason.

The top-seeded Rays won Game 3 Wednesday night 8-4, their second win in a row against their division rivals. But their bats stayed quiet Thursday night after the longball propelled them to victory in their previous two games.

Game 5 is set for 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday.

Here's how Game 4 played out:

10:08 p.m.

DJ LeMahieu singles, scoring Kyle Higashioka. Yankees now lead 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th.

9:19 p.m.

Gleber Torres hits a two-run shot, extending the Yankees' lead to 4-1.

8:12 p.m.

Brandon Lowe grounds out, scoring Willy Adames and the Rays are on the board. It's 2-1, Yankees lead.

7:50 p.m.

DJ LeMahieu hits a sacrifice fly to extend the Yankees lead. It's 2-0 as the Rays go to their bullpen. Thompson is done for the day.

7:42 p.m.

The Yankees jump out to an early lead after a solo blast off the bat of Luke Voit. It's 1-0.

7:09 p.m.

Game 4 is about to begin!

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