The Red Sox will try to clinch the American League pennant Thursday with a Game 5 win over the Astros. The game is televised on TBS.
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Top: Mitch Moreland led off the inning with a double. Leftfielder Tony Kemp made a play on the ball at the wall, but did not catch it. Ian Kinsler hit a right-field single that advanced Moreland to third, and Rafael Devers drove both runners home with a three-run blast to center field.
Verlander retired the next three batters to end the inning.
Bottom: David Price retired the side in order.
Game 5 box score: Red Sox at Astros
Top: J.D. Martinez hit a two-out ground ball into center field to reach base for the third time, but was left stranded.
Bottom: After Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa struck out, Yuli Gurriel ended a nine-pitch at-bat with a line drive off the left-field wall. Andrew Benintendi bobbled the ball, allowing Gurriel to easily make it to second. Marwin Gonzalez struck out to end the inning.
Top: Justin Verlander retired the side in order, including back-to-back strikeouts of Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez.
Third inning: Red Sox 1, Astros 0
Bottom: David Price retired the side in order. His pitch count: 47.
Top: After Andrew Benintendi struck out looking, J.D. Martinez launched a solo homer to left field to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
Second inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0
Bottom: Yuli Gurriel opened the inning with a hard-hit single to center field, but Price retired the next three batters to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 35.
Top: After Ian Kinsler reached on an error and Christian Vazquez singled, Jackie Bradley Jr. walked to load the bases, but Mookie Betts struck out swinging to end the inning.
First inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0
Bottom: Red Sox starter David Price allowed a two-out single to Jose Altuve, but then struck out Carlos Correa looking to end the first.
Top: Astros starter Justin Verlander got two quick outs, then walked J.D. Martinez before inducing a fielder’s choice groundout from Xander Bogaerts.
Where we go from here
If the Red Sox win tonight, they are on to the World Series, which would start on Tuesday at Fenway Park. If the Sox lose, the ALCS is headed back to Fenway, where Game 6 would be Saturday. A Game 6 start time depends on the outcome of Friday’s NLCS Game 6. If the Brewers push the series to a Game 7, then a would-be Game 6 of Sox-Astros would be at 5:09 p.m. Saturday; if the Dodgers oust the Brewers in six, then Game 6 of the ALCS would be at 8:09 p.m. Saturday.
Lineups and notes
■ LHP David Price (0-1, 9.95 ERA this postseason) and RHP Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.18 ERA) are the starters.
|RED SOX (3-1)||ASTROS (1-3)|
|Betts RF||Bregman 3B|
|Benintendi LF||Springer RF|
|Martinez DH||Altuve DH|
|Bogaerts SS||Correa SS|
|Moreland 1B||Gurriel 1B|
|Kinsler 2B||Gonzalez 2B|
|Devers 3B||Kemp LF|
|Vázquez C||Maldonado C|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Marinsick CF|
■ Price, still searching for his first career postseason win, makes his third start of these playoffs. In Game 2 of this series, he went 4⅔ innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out four, and walked four.
Nick Cafardo wrote about what the Sox might get out of Price tonight and that he has a chance to win over the Red Sox fan base.
■ Verlander, making his third start of these playoffs, earned the Game 1 win over the Sox, going six innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out six, and walking four.
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