David Price chirps Astros third baseman Alex Bregman after eighth-inning strikeout

Dean Simpson
October 19, 2018

After the Red Sox surrounded Cora in the clubhouse and sang "Happy Birthday!" to their rookie skipper, they began turning their attention to next week.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 on Thursday night in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to advance to the 2018 World Series.

"I didn't reach over the wall".

The Red Sox will face the victor of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, with Game 1 taking place at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

Martinez belted the next pitch 396 feet out to left field for a 1-0 Red Sox lead. "He got us to swing and miss with it, he got us to roll over a lot. And for us to get to that point, to do what we did in the regular season, to do what we did against NY in the ALDS and to obviously beat the reigning champs, that was very special for all of us". "But we want more", Price said. He surrendered three hits, did not walk a batter, and recorded nine strikeouts. Houston had October stalwart Justin Verlander starting on full rest and Boston had October dud Price going on three days' rest between starts for the first time in his career, less than 24 hours after he had warmed to potentially pitch in relief in the Game 4 epic. Instead, that session may have keyed his dominant performance. And he felt good about his changeup before the game even started.

After the game, Hinch refused to blame the loss on the interference call.


Bill James, the baseball statistician and a consultant for the Red Sox, said the call was correct: "The fan very clearly DID reach over the fence".

"Since Day One, we knew we had something special".

"It's wonderful", Bradley said.

"Jose Altuve got a great hit", Troy Caldwell said, adding that he doesn't think he interfered with the catch at all.

"The last out yesterday was like around 12:10". I said it a year ago: Playoffs, it's flip a coin sometimes.

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.


To hear it from Astros manager A.J. Hinch, it was the speed of the fastball that helped make the change so effective. Boston starter David Price, who had gone 0-9 in his first dozen playoff games, gave up just three hits in six innings while striking out nine.

Verlander was last year's Championship Series MVP with two wins against the New York Yankees, including seven scoreless innings to force a Game 7. They out-hit the Astros this series.

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth inning, earning his fifth save of the postseason and third of the ALCS. The other was Game 4 of the 1993 World Series between the Jays and Phillies ...

"It's a little sweeter, obviously", he said. "I would do the same", Altuve said after Astros lost the play-offs game 8-6.

However, the Major League Baseball rule does not allow for interference to be called if the player enters the stands.


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