Red Sox finish off Astros in Game 5, head to World Series

Jo Caldwell
October 19, 2018

Bradley, stuck in a slump for much of the season, batted just.200 and his three hits were the fewest for any position player to win MVP of a league championship series.

Price's Thursday effort didn't just carry the Red Sox to a World Series berth.

Gonzalez homered off Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes in the seventh inning before Game 3 victor Nathan Eovaldi emerged from the bullpen to stifle that rally.

The Game 1 victor this year, he entered 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA when starting potential elimination games with Detroit and Houston.

The Red Sox have retained this approach all season; they have maintained focus and toughness and maximized their talent base.

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In addition, their top five minor-league affiliates all made their leagues' playoffs in 2018, with two of them winning championships, and all five of those teams' pitching staffs led their leagues in strikeouts.

"Some people can just be flat mean", Caldwell said, adding that people have been posting pictures of him with his kids and saying, "'This is the guy that cost them the game, go get him'". ". I'm sorry. At the end of the day, I don't think that caused them to lose the game".

"You can see in the picture, I'm very excited because I thought it was a home run and cheering, and then they call it back and I was, like, deflated", said Astros fan Annemarie Howard. In Game 5, he threw 38 change-ups (41%). This time, it was 21-year-old Rafael Devers who took Verlander long, for a three-run home run to put the Red Sox up 4-0. He spun six shutout innings, limiting the Astros to three hits while walking none and striking out nine on 93 pitches. "But it's one of the things where I'm past it, and I'm here because of my struggles and because of my pain that I went through there", he said.

"I don't respect that at all", he said. "He shutdown one of the best lineups in the league and gave us a chance".

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. The left-hander, who has had a rough time in Boston since signing a $217 million contract before the 2016 season, entered 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts.

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"If you don't have flawless camera angles, I think we have to do something", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said prior to Thursday's potential Red Sox clincher.

Price went to his first World Series when he was 23. "We like having fun and going out there and doing our thing". He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series. The high fly balls that seemed to die at the wall for the Astros, but sail over it for the Red Sox.

"It hasn't sunk in yet honestly", said Benintendi.

"We got four more wins".

The team that hits better in the postseason wins. But he did plenty of damage with a grand slam, two-run homer and a three-run double.

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