Astros silence Red Sox in Game 5 of ALCS, one win from punching World Series ticket

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BOSTON — When Jose Altuve came to bat at the top of the seventh inning on Wednesday night, Boo barely registered from the Fenway Park crowd, in contrast to the full-throated cries of dissatisfaction that saw the Houston Astros second baseman his Congrats during the last plate. Show me here

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As he dug into the batsman’s box, a pair of fans directed an unholy chant towards Altuve, a refrain that gained significant traction in Games 3 and 4 of this American League Championship Series.

This time, in the final moments of Game 5, the two gentlemen repeated it twice before Altuve silenced them with a line drive single.


It’s quite likely that these Astros will never smell the booze, quell complaints, and earn their good name among the vast majority of baseball fans. But in a shocking two-game stretch, the Astros seized control of this American League Championship Series with an almost perfect display of baseball, putting them on the verge of a third World Series trip in five years.

Altuve and Yordan Alvarez took the fight to the Boston Red Sox in Game 5, the second baseman sparked a five-run rally with an aggressive blast of baserunning and Alvarez put in a majestic hitting clincher, driving three balls the opposite way, Closed and under the Green Monster.

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Left-hander Framber Valdez retired the first 12 Red Sox hitters and inspired Houston’s emaciated pitching staff with eight innings of three-hit artistry, with the Astros knocking out City with a crisp 9–1 victory in front of 37,599. Gone, possibly the final gathering at Fenway this year.

The Astros’ friendly ground, a 3-2 ALCS lead in hand and two chances to win the pennant, starts Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

He earned that advantage with a 10-inning blitz that began in Game 4, when Altuve’s eighth-inning home run took the score to just six before Boston claimed a 3–1 ALCS advantage. A two-out, seven-run rally in the ninth gave a 9–2, series-tying victory.

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Wednesday’s round completed a 24-hour barrage in this series of split personalities: Boston led the Astros 21–8 in Games 2 and 3, only to have the Astros win Games 4 and 5 with 18–3 aggregates. responded with.

It was decided in a sixth-inning, eight-bat barrage that former heavyweight champion and Houston native George Foreman can appreciate.

That man Altuve started with a leadoff walk against Chris Sells, who by that point had only conceded two hits, hitting seven and shone his best stuff since returning from Tommy John surgery in August.

Astro will soon undo that.

With Michael Brantley batting, Altuve flew to second base and Brantley cut a grounder to third baseman Rafael Devers, who charged and threw the diamond. With a change in Boston, Altuve failed to break progress and finished third.

The daring dash probably caught the eye of Boston’s Kyle Schwarber, who had developed into a serviceable first baseman but still had just 11 career starts there, entering the postseason.

And Schwarber dropped the ball.

A later batsman, Alvarez – who dismissed Sell in the second innings – jumped. He directed a 95-mph sales fastball into left field, where it slammed into the corner for a two-run double and a 3–0 lead.

That sale ended, but Astro only went on to prove how hard they are to eradicate.

His ninth-innings Game 4 rally came with two outs and, therefore, Game 5 will also be pile-on, proving what can be done when you put the ball into play: a Kyle Tucker infield single, a Yuli Gurrill opposite-field dunker for an RBI double, a two-run double from rookie Jose Siri.

It was 6-1, and by the end of the night, Houston would extend their two-out postseason run total to 41, already sixth in playoff history.

Valdez didn’t even need most of them.

The curveball artist finally showed up this postseason, becoming the first starter to complete eight innings in the 2021 playoffs. He dismissed five Red Soxes, inspired double plays in the fifth and seven innings, and restored the dignity of Houston’s debut. Valdez started the series with a slog of 2 2/3 innings in Game 1. Luis García followed with a one-inning effort, while Jose Urquidi and Jack Greinke recorded five and four outs in Games 3 and 4, respectively.

He effectively reset the Astros’ overworked bullpen, leading to an undeniably happy flight back to Houston—where history is set to be made, haters be damned.

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