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Yankees power past Rays to stay alive and force Game 5

Gleyber Torres tracked the flight of his sixth-inning drive as it soared toward the Western Metal Supply Co. building enveloped by Petco Park’s footprint, his teammates roaring as the baseball landed in the rarely-visited fourth deck of the turn-of-the-century structure.

The Yankees were not ready to end this unprecedented Southern California adventure, and now they have pushed the American League Division Series to its limit. Torres and Luke Voit blasted monstrous homers to power a 5-1 victory over the Rays in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Thursday.

Torres’ drive off left-hander Ryan Yarbrough provided breathing room as the Yankees aimed to extend their season another day, unwilling to check out of the posh Carlsbad, Calif., resort that they have been sharing with their AL East rivals.

Voit sparked the offense with a second-inning homer off opener Ryan Thompson, rounding the bases for his first career postseason blast after launching a Major League-leading 22 during the regular season. DJ LeMahieu, who earlier extended his postseason hit streak to 12 games, added a sacrifice fly.

Tabbed for his first start since Sept. 24, left-hander Jordan Montgomery provided four solid innings. Tampa Bay scored its only run off Montgomery in the third inning as Willy Adames walked, advanced on a ground-rule double and came home as LeMahieu smothered a Brandon Lowe grounder for a fielder’s choice.

Montgomery walked three and struck out four before yielding to the bullpen. Chad Green fired two scoreless, hitless frames and Zack Britton excelled in a setup role, soaking up five outs on three strikeouts in advance of Aroldis Chapman’s entry.

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