Yankees 8, Twins 4: Yankees Blast Their Way Out of an Early Hole and Advance to A.L.D.S.

“It was just a crazy feeling, not a good one in the first,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We’re just sitting there like, ‘All right, what are we going to do next?’”

But Chad Green stanched the early onslaught by striking out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro. Then David Robertson gutted his way through a career-high three and one-third shutout innings, and Tommy Kahnle retired Joe Mauer — who represented the tying run — on a fly ball that Gardner caught just in front of the left-field wall in the top of the sixth.


Luis Severino, center, had a disastrous start and did not last through the first inning.

Ben Solomon for The New York Times

After throwing two and one-third perfect innings, Kahnle turned the ball over to Aroldis Chapman, who struck out Jorge Polanco to finish off the Twins and bring the Yankees out of the dugout for a rather muted celebration that turned raucous in the clubhouse, where they sprayed themselves with Champagne.

Perhaps the Yankees, who hugged and shook hands, were simply too tired from the nearly four-hour game, which…

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