Boston Red Sox Stifle Houston Astros' Bats, Return To The World Series

Ruben Holloway
October 19, 2018

Wearing goggles and championship gear, the team saluted the first manager from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series. He got the job a month after Hurricane Maria devastated his island homeland, and immediately went to work helping with relief efforts.

"I don't understand even what happened", he told The Boston Globe, contending he had stayed on his own side of the wall.

As good as Verlander pitched through the first five innings - one run, a JD Martinez home run in the third and three other hits - Price was simply better. Springer homered before Altuve doubled high off the left-field wall and scored on a single by Josh Reddick. He had a grand slam in Game 3 and go-ahead homer in Game 4 and finished with nine RBI in the series.

"You can see in the picture, I'm very excited because I thought it was a home run and cheering, and then they call it back and I was, like, deflated", said Astros fan Annemarie Howard. "We had guys playing through so much", Verlander said. He threw six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out nine. The Astros were eliminated Thursday night from the ALCS.

"It felt good. Honestly, it really started last night in the bullpen".

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There was a smattering of boos from the home crowd as the Red Sox charged onto the field, embracing as they jumped around near the middle of the diamond. Benintendi gambled with a dive and was able to make the catch.

Devers, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has 12 RBIs in 10 postseason games. "I said it previous year, playoffs, it's kind of flip a coin sometimes".

This play will be something that Astros fans will be very salty about if they end up losing to the Red Sox and if I'm Troy Caldwell, I'd want to proceed with caution moving forward. It includes Boston capturing the past three AL East titles, knocking out the Yankees in this year's Division Series and doing in this ALCS what the Yanks could not last season - eliminate Houston.

But stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros hobbled to the finish in a humbling defeat. The Red Sox were last in the World Series when they won it all in 2013.

Three innings later and Boston went deep on Verlander again.

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Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth inning, earning his fifth save of the postseason and third of the ALCS.

"We're not flawless. That's the cool thing about this team".

"It's a little sweeter, obviously", he said. "It was awesome. I can't say enough about his performance". Entering Game 5, the veteran righty had a pristine track record in elimination games. "The whole playoffs, actually", he said. Dombrowski was hired by Boston in 2015. "It's the Red Sox's 14th pennant in franchise history".

In addition, their top five minor-league affiliates all made their leagues' playoffs in 2018, with two of them winning championships, and all five of those teams' pitching staffs led their leagues in strikeouts.

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