The Boston Red Sox scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to power past the Houston Astros 4-1 on Thursday evening at Minute Maid Park in Texas.
The victory sent the Red Sox to the World Series, with the visitors from Massachusetts finishing off the defending World Series Champions in five games.
Leading the way for the Red Sox was starting pitcher David Price, as the 33-year-old left-handed thrower from Murfreesboro, Tennessee managed six innings while allowing zero earned runs on three hits, surrendering zero walks and striking out a game-high nine batters for the contest.
This is the first trip to the World Series for Boston since 2013. It was also the first post-season victory for Price, as the veteran hurler was previously 0-9 in 11 career post-season starts. Price started the game over Chris Sale, with the Boston ace still dealing with a stomach sickness issue. The Red Sox will host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston.
Justin Verlander had a solid start in defeat for the Astros, as the 35-year-old right-handed thrower from Manakin-Sabot, Virginia lasted six innings while conceding four earned runs on seven hits, allowing two walks and a fanning a team-high four batters for the game.
The Astros were able to take Game 1 of the ALCS, but the Red Sox won the next four contests in the series. The match-up was marred by a controversial call from veteran umpire Joe West that proved to be the difference in Game 4 of the series. That, unfortunately, will remain a talking point, as the ALCS is a vastly different contest if the teams are tied heading into Game 5.
It was not to be and the Red Sox now await either the Los Angeles or the Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series.
Boston are 20/27 to win the World Series while the Brewers are available at 1212/1.
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