The Red Sox advance to the AL Championship Series, where they will host Houston Astros in Game 1 on Friday.
But it wasn't before closer Craig Kimbrel almost blew it for Boston.
Christian Vazquez hit a solo home run off Zach Britton in the fourth, a 338-foot Yankee Stadium special to right field. On Monday night, he'll be facing a Yankees offense that sees two of its biggest names, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, hot at the same time.
Still, given the way Cora navigated the Red Sox to three wins in four tries against a potent Yankees team, you'd have to give them a fighting chance against the Astros.
Well, the Red Sox remembered that move and had some fun with it... while also enjoying some champagne. But not only did they pop bottles-they did so to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York".
One key stat to know: Porcello has just two quality starts and one win in seven starts for the Detroit Tigers and the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium, which adds up to a 5.56 ERA and a 1.420 WHIP. "I think the connection that our players and our fans have is a special one, and now you put it in the postseason, and you bring the Red Sox, a rival who was a great team this season, and I think it's going to be electric. I expected to come back here and win two in a row", Gardner said.
According to Teixeira, Judge needlessly poked the Red Sox, who went on to outscore the Bombers 20-4 in two wins at Yankees Stadium to wrap up the ALDS.
By the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine was on the mound for NY and he gave up a two-run homer to Holt that completed his cycle.
Those who pitched in relief for the Red Sox in the DS allowed seven runs in 17 innings (a 3.71 ERA) with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks.
"I mean, we always play well here at home", Game 3 starter Luis Severino said.
And when Boone did call for a reliever, he summoned a starter, Lance Lynn, rather than someone from the deep NY bullpen.
They scored three in the third off Sabathia (0-1), and it started with a sacrifice fly by Martinez. Before the game, Cora had vowed to use his ace only if the "perfect spot" presented itself - and apparently, the eighth inning of a potential clincher, with the eighth and ninth spots in the Yankees' order due up, was it. By the time the inning was over, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead they never relinquished.
Zach Britton gave up an opposite-field homer to No. 9 batter Christian Vazquez in the fourth, and NY never fully recovered.