The Tampa Bay Rays turned a Game 1 loss into wins in Games 2 and 3. Entering Game 4, up 2-1, the Rays had a chance to eliminate the New York Yankees in the Best-of-5 and face the Houston Astros in the ALCS. It was not meant to be as the Yankees showed life and defeated the Rays 5-1 to even the series and force a ALDS series ending Game 5.

Unlike in the past two games, the Yankees made sure to grab the lead first. They didn’t waste much time as Luke Volt homered  in the second and Brett Gardner scored on a DJ LeMahieu sac fly.

Then after the Rays cut the Yankees’ lead in half in the third, Gleyber Torres hit a two-run shot to left just as it appeared the Rays were getting back in the game. Another Yankees score in the eighth sealed the 5-1 victory and it’s onto Game 5.

If the first four games are any indication, the team who can get on the scoreboard early and often in Friday’s Game 5 will get the win. Check out BetOnline for the best MLB odds before it’s too late! Yes, that’s very much a cliché but the team who scored first wound up winning each game. More than likely, expect Game 5 to go about in a similar fashion.

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