Andy Pettitte allows four runs in return to major leagues

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Andy Pettitte took the mound Sunday at Yankee Stadium for the first time since October 18, 2010.

What followed was a good but not great reunion.

After opening with 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Mariners, Pettitte surrendered a walk to Jesus Montero with two outs in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak followed with a blast to left field.

The typically-light-hitting M’s would score two more runs in the sixth inning courtesy of a Casper Wells home run and wound up tallying a total of seven hits and three walks in Pettitte’s 6 1/3 innings of work.

Pettitte did some nice things and got a couple of booming ovations from the Bronx crowd, but he was probably hoping for better in his first start back. He wound up throwing 94 pitches, 60 of which went for strikes.

The 39-year-old southpaw will get another chance to impress on Friday evening against the Reds.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.