Red Sox oust defending champ Astros to reach World Series

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It was the 14th pennant for the Red Sox, who are 8-4 in World Series appearances.

Crew chief Joe West, working the right-field line at Minute Maid Park, signaled fan interference after the Boston Red Sox outfielder was unable to make the grab and the ball ricocheted back onto the field.

The next great MLB postseason controversy was born in the first inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Dodgers lead that series 3-2, and Game 6 is Friday night and can be streamed on fuboTV (Try for free).

Toppling the world champion Astros in five games was quite another.

On just three days of rest, Price was completely dominant for the Sox on the road.

Price was 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts - tied with Al Leiter and Tim Hudson for the most consecutive playoff starts without a win.

It was his first scoreless outing in 12 postseason starts.

Despite the short rest between outings, Price averaged 93.7 miles per hour with his fastball and clocked as high as 95.6 miles per hour in the outing - more velocity than he's shown since the middle of the summer.

All nine of Bradley's RBI came with two outs.

"And I bet A.J. and their team feels the same way - if you don't play good defence against us we will score a lot of runs". It's his teammates' fault for not backing him up - at all - at the plate. They claimed that McLaughlin was just there to surveil the opposing dugouts to ensure their opponents weren't using any illegal tactics to steal the Astros' signs.

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Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit an early homer off Verlander, and Price made the lead stand up into the late innings.

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.

Devers joined an exclusive club with his third postseason home run before turning 22.

Price was warming in the bullpen as Game 4 ended, perhaps jeopardizing his readiness for Thursday. It's safe to say, he was feeling it.

Thursday also marked manager Alex Cora's 43 birthday. But he did plenty of damage with a grand slam, two-run homer and a three-run double.

It made sense for Verlander to take the mound for Game 5, an elimination game for the Astros.

Despite leading the majors in wins during the regular season, the Red Sox were underdogs against a Houston team that defeated the Dodgers in last year's World Series and romped past Cleveland in the Division Series this month. His six swings and misses matched his lowest total of the year. Anchored by Verlander and offseason trade pickup Gerrit Cole, Houston's pitching staff worked to a 3.11 ERA, best in the bigs.

This, of course, isn't the only time Upton has gone out on a limb to stump for her husband and his team, and it's definitely not the most colorful one.

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. Smaller playing surface, but the National Hockey League usually has a more definitive view, ditto the NFL unless its the fifth regional broadcast on Fox and camera angles are limited.