3 takeaways from Red Sox's win

The Astros Were Robbed by the Red Sox and the Umps

The Astros Were Robbed by the Red Sox and the Umps

Yuli Gurriel was the lone man to reach scoring position after a two-out double to left in the fourth, but Price struck out Marwin Gonzalez to escape the only thing vaguely resembling a jam that he faced.

Justin Verlander is back on the mound tonight for the Houston Astros as the team hopes to come back from 3-1 down against the Boston Red Sox.

West blew the call and it cost Houston dearly in a pivotal game, yet Major League Baseball continues to stick by its umpires.

So, we put aside baseball until next spring, but, first let's take a look at game five's winners and losers. If Cole pitched remotely close to his top form, Houston cruises to a two-game lead in the series and heads home with all the momentum. Not just for their performance Thursday, but because of their lack of production for him at Minute Maid Park all year. Boston leads Houston 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Clearly, home field advantage is overrated. For whatever reason, that did not work out. That one K? Bregman. It was a huge chess move that backfired big time. The lefty launched a shot towards the right field fence.

Cora said Sale has been regaining strength since his release Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he spent Sunday night for observation.

Brown and Howard said they didn't fault the guy and that they too had been trying to catch the ball initially.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor was thrilled he won't be asked again about that zero in the win column.

The Red Sox are the first team to win four straight postseason games against a 100-win club since the 2004 Red Sox against both the Yankees and Cardinals, STATS said. And even then, the Astros weren't fully ready to admit what five games in October had settled. "They never got off our fastball". Once again, they failed to support their ace and it cost them. He got a standing ovation when he walked off the field in Fenway Park in game two.

Boston is off to the Fall Classic after defeating the defending world champion Houston Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday night. In four save situations, two against NY and two against Houston, Kimbrel allowed runs in each of them.

They won 108 games this season and they displayed a very high-powered offense all year long, which made them appear nearly invincible on paper. The system is widely respected for its accuracy and takes the call out of the hands of officials.

I guess those 108 weren't as deceiving as I originally thought. The Martinez home run in the third inning ruined Verlander's streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings in elimination games, the longest such streak in postseason history. Technology is clearly superior to human eyes and this was more proof.

"On the controversial play, you could see Mookie Betts' glove come over the yellow line and, when he smacked against the wall, that closed his glove and all the gentleman, all their hands were behind the yellow line and all going for that wonderful Altuve home run", said Susan Brown. He was being goaded into tossing it back.

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