Astros Red Sox Game 6: Houston admits pennant with victory over Boston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The Houston Astros are on their way to the World Series.

They won their third American League pennant in five years Friday night with a Game 6 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

The Astros outscored the Red Sox 4-2 in the series with Friday’s 5-0 shutout.

In Friday night’s Game 6, Houston, rode an impressive streak and expelled the demons from three years ago. Rookie Luis García showed the desire for an October ace, Yordan Alvarez kept warm at the plate in game 6.

García hit the ball without a frame into the sixth inning, leaving a big applause with two outs after a triple by Kiké Hernández. It was an impressive bounce-back performance for the 24-year-old, who started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first inning before leaving without outs in the second due to discomfort in his right knee.

Alvarez continued his burning streak, a year after looking at home after surgery on both knees when the Astros came a game shy of reaching the World Series. The slugging designated hitter had four hits, including a triple and two doubles. He led a Game 5 victory with three hits and three RBIs.

Catcher Martín Maldonado made the game’s defensive play on a strikeout throwout double to finish seventh with Houston ahead 2-0.

It will be the 72-year-old Baker’s second trip to the Fall Classic as manager and only since he led the San Francisco Giants to the NL pennant in 2002. As a player, he made three trips with the Dodgers and won it all in 1981.

Manager Dusty Baker’s team opens the World Series on Tuesday night, either at Dodger Stadium or at home against Atlanta. The Braves lead Los Angeles 3-2 in the NL Championship Series and go into Game 6 Saturday night.

Boston’s best shot to score came on the seventh. They had runners in first and third with one out in after a single by Alex Verdugo. But Kendall Graveman beat pinch-hitter Travis Shaw and Maldonado made a perfect throw for Carlos Correa, who covered second, to beat Verdugo there and finish inning.

Maldonado beat his chest with delight as Graveman and Correa both pumped their fists in celebration to roar from the crowd of 42,718.

Kyle Tucker broke it up with a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth. Television cameras flashed to Houston’s Hall of Fame duo Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, who stood together and cheered as Tucker rounded the bases.

Ryan Pressly shut it out on the ninth. The Red Sox, who looked so formidable on the plate at the start of the season, were held to two hits in their final game.

Alex Bregman singled with two outs in the first before the double by Alvarez put the Astros on 1-0. Hernández was able to make the catch, but it hit his arm under the glove and fell in for the hit.

Subsequent rumps of Boston and its bashers made it appear that the Red Sox had full control of the series after Game 3, but as Alvarez’s long fly proved, they did not have a firm grip on things.

The Astros, soaked by their young pitchers and rediscovered offense, won the next two matches by a combined 18-3 to return home a victory away from a World Series. Then their rising 24-year-old stars, García and Alvarez, did the rest.
Houston had a chance to increase the lead in the fourth as Bregman single-handedly, and another double by Alvarez left him in third place with no outs. But they came up empty-handed after Nathan Eovaldi worked out of the jam.

Alvarez tripled without outs in the sixth to chase Josh Taylor and Tanner Houck plunked Correa. Tucker then struck a grounder right at first baseman Kyle Schwarber, marking Correa for that double play without assistance as Alvarez slipped safely into the home for 2-0.

Eovaldi got the victory in a solid Game 2 start, but was accused of the loss in Game 4 after giving up the races after coming in with the game in the ninth.

On Friday, he allowed five hits and one run as the Red Sox lost a playoff game, starting for the first time after entering the game 5-0 in their starts.

García is the first pitcher to take a no-hitter into the sixth of a potential playoff clincher since the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard got two outs in the sixth against the Giants in the 2016 NL wild-card game.

García allowed Schwarber to reach on a wild field after a strikeout to open the match and went Verdugo with one out in the other. He settled down after that and sat down in the next 13 with five strikeouts before Hernández got Boston’s first hit on a triple with two outs in the sixth. García finished with seven strikeouts.

Phil Maton took over and retired Rafael Devers to finish the inning.

SIGNS OF TIME

Boston manager Alex Cora has heard speculation that the Astros are sending signs from the bases, saying the Red Sox are protecting themselves against it.

“It’s not about technology or other things,” Cora said. “Things happen on the field that need to be taken care of. In the same way that teams play defense against us, we play defense against other teams. Not just those we did against the Yankees, we did it against the Rays. It is the nature of the game. We are prepared for that. “

Cora knows better than most that Houston’s character stealing history has been the team’s bench coach in the 2017 season, as they were found to have violated the rules by using a television camera to steal prisoners’ signs.

NEXT

Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night, where the Astros will host if the Braves move on, or Houston will travel to LA if the Dodgers win the NL pennant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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