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Cleveland and Houston win in the MLB Playoffs

Baseball (MGN Online)

Trevor Bauer chopped slugger Aaron Judge and New York's other big bats down to size, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians began chasing their first World Series title in 69 years with a 4-0 win over the Yankees on the Thursday night in the opener of the AL Division Series.

Bauer struck out Judge three times, twice getting the MVP candidate looking.

He allowed just two hits in 6 2-3 innings before manager Terry Francona turned to baseball's best bullpen, using Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen to finish the three-hitter.

Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and angrily snatched at his bat frustration.

Bruce connected for a two-run homer in the fourth off Sonny Gray and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Indians began a journey to try and end the majors' longest Series title drought.

Jose Altuve has hit three home runs for the Houston Astros against Boston in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Altuve connected twice off Red Sox ace Chris Sale and then against reliever Austin Maddox on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

All three were solo shots.

Altuve led the majors in batting this year. He is listed at just 5-foot-6.

This was the 10th time that a player had homered three times in a postseason game. Babe Ruth did it twice.

Pablo Sandoval was the last player to hit three homers in a postseason game, doing it for San Francisco in the 2012 World Series opener against Detroit.

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