The Red Sox wants to clinch the American League pennant Thursday with a Game 5 win over the Astros. Maid Park, Houston.
First inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0
Bottom: Red Sox starter David Price allowed a Jose Altuve, but then struck out Carlos Correa looking at the first.
Top: Astros starter Justin Verlander got two quick outs, then walked JD Martinez before inducing a fielder's choice ground out from Xander Bogaerts.
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If the Red Sox win tonight, they are on the World Series, which would start on Tuesday at Fenway Park. If the Sox is loose, the ALCS is headed back to Fenway, where Game 6 would be Saturday. 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 ALC 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 (19659021) 2-0, 3.18 ERA) are the starters.
|RED SOX (3-1)||ASTROS (1-3)|
|Betts RF||Bregman 3B|
|Benintendi LF||Springer RF|
|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 4 inn innings, gave four hits 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
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