BOSTON -- Cleveland closer Cody Allen hung on in the last two innings as the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Monday to complete a three-game sweep of their American League Division Series.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz walked in the final plate appearance of his Major League Baseball career but could only watch from the dugout when Travis Shaw hit a game-ending flyout with a pair of runners on.
Rookie Tyler Naquin delivered a two-run single and Josh Tomlin pitched five strong innings for Cleveland, which opens the AL Championship Series against Toronto at home on Friday (see full recap).
Panik, Giants top Cubs in 13 to force Game 4
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik doubled off the wall in right-center field to drive in Brandon Crawford with the winning run in the 13th inning, and the San Francisco Giants staved off elimination yet again by outlasting the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Monday night in Game 3 of their NL Division Series.
San Francisco won its 10th straight game when facing postseason elimination.
Panik came through against Mike Montgomery, who was pitching his fifth inning of relief.
The tough-to-eliminate Giants forced Tuesday night's Game 4 back at their raucous, sold-out ballpark, postponing a potential Cubs clinch party. Chicago leads the best-of-five playoff 2-1 and will send John Lackey to the mound opposite lefty Matt Moore (see full recap).
Nationals handle Dodgers to take 2-1 series lead
LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth homered as the Washington Nationals moved within one victory of winning a Major League Baseball postseason series for the first time, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 Monday for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five National League playoff.
Four relievers combined for 4 2/3 shutout innings, putting the Nationals in position to wrap up the NL Division Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Playing 23 hours after the Nationals tied the series at home in a rain-postponed Game 2, Rendon hit a two-run homer in a four-run third that chased Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda. Werth added a solo shot off closer Kenley Jansen in a breakaway four-run ninth.
Game 4 will be played on Tuesday in Los Angeles (see full recap).