Red Sox beat Astros to reach World Series

Red Sox beat Astros to reach World Series

They defeated the Astros 4-1 in Game 5 at Minute Maid Park - due in large part to six shutout innings by David Price who finally conquered his playoff demons, as well as J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers each going deep off of Justin Verlander - to officially claim their first American League pennant in five years. "I'm pretty banged that's going to be something that down the road in the next couple of days or couple of weeks we'll figure out".

Now the Astros are hurting even worse, done after losing four straight to the Red Sox to end their bid to repeat as champions.

He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series. The Astros ended up losing, 8-6, and trail the series, three games to one.

Collectively, Astros pitchers posted a WHIP of 1.099 in the regular season, the lowest of any team in more than 100 years.

Cora said before Thursday night's game that the lefty ace was prepared for his next start - either in the ALCS or the World Series opener. The Astros were unable to do any damage against Red Sox pitching.

Kimbrel's biggest disaster came in Game 4 when he allowed a run in the eighth inning then loaded the bases in the ninth with Alex Bregman at the plate with a chance to win the game. And we battled - we've been battle tested, played against a lot of great ball teams.

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Whether it's because he drove the Astros' lineup all season, or because he drove their media coverage, or because he was never afraid to say what the rest of his team was thinking, Bregman was conspicuous in the disappearance of Houston's offense over the series' final three games, during which the Astros scored just nine runs. The Red Sox won 4-1 and will return to the World Series.

If he missed the ball in left field and it bounced past him, Houston wins Game 4 and ties the series.

It's got to be Troy Caldwell, thanks to a controversial moment from Wednesday night's game against the Red Sox.

It was a year where Bregman led Houston's offense by posting career highs in batting average (.286), homers (31), RBIs (103) and doubles (51), while Altuve struggled for most of the second half with right knee injury.

It wasn't the usual suspects who got the Red Sox to their ultimate destination.

Verlander, who starred for Houston last postseason after being acquired on August 31, yielded seven hits and four runs in six innings for his second playoff loss with the Astros. "He hasn't changed, and that's really tough to do at 20, 21 years old".

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