On Wednesday, the Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox 9-1 in Game 5, becoming the first team to sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park in franchise history.
As reported by CBS Sports, with the loss in Game 5, the Red Sox now faces the Astros 3-2 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, going into Game 6 on Friday in Houston.
As a result of this loss, the Astros are now one win away from capturing their third AL pennant in the last five years, and they now have two opportunities to do so.
In Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, Framber Valdez was flawless through four innings and took a two-hit shutout into the seventh to become the first postseason pitcher to finish all eight innings in 2021.
According to ABC13, a win in Game 6 at home on Friday night will give Houston its third pennant in five years. In order to force a deciding seventh game on Saturday, the Red Sox must win.
Astros’ Offense Gets a Boost From Yordan Alvarez
In the second inning, Alvarez singled off Red Sox starter Chris Sale to open the scoring.
The Astros didn’t score in the inning, but Alvarez’s single off the Green Monster in the next at-bat caused Sale some stress.
CBS Sports also reported that when the Red Sox’s Kyle Schwarber dropped the throw on what looked like a groundout, Jose Altuve singled, and Michael Brantley reached on an error.
A weak grounder by Bregman followed, right back to Sale. A two-run double aided his comeback by Alvarez in right field.
By scoring one more run in the seventh inning, the Astros had now outscored the Red Sox 15-0 in 14 1/2 innings, dating back to the first inning of Game 4 and ending with Rafael Devers’ seventh-inning home run in Game 5.
This is a striking contrast to what happened in Games 2-3.
The Red Sox blew an eight-inning lead that put them on top of the American League wild-card standings on Tuesday night. Under Alex Cora’s leadership, the team had never lost consecutive postseason games.