October 20-ALCS GAME 5
Sale pitches for the Sox against Valdez in a pivotal fifth game. Alvarez leads off the top of the second with a drive to the Monster to make it 1-0 Astros. He singles with one out in the top of the fourth to put runners at the corners, but the Astros come away with nothing when Sale strikes out the side. Valdez retires the first ten players in the game, which had never happened against Boston at Fenway in the playoffs. This a pitching duel for a while. The first two batters reach in the bottom of the fifth. A runner is at third with two out after a double play, but a groundout ends the inning.
The first two batters reach in the top of the sixth to put runners at the corners with nobody out. A groundout puts two in scoring position with one out for Alvarez, who doubles to left to bring them both in and make it 3-0. Sale is forced out of the game. There are runners at the corners with two out later, and a double to right scores another and make it 4-0 as the Astros start to put a firm hold on this game. A single to right scores the others and turns it into a rout at 6-0. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Vázquez doubles to left but ends up stranded. A runner is at second with nobody out in the top of the seventh after an error. Altuve scores on a single to center by Brantley to make it 7-0. At last, Devers breaks the shutout with a homer around the Pesky Pole with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. It’s 7-1. The Astros put two on with one out in the top of the eighth, and they move into scoring position with two out on a wild pitch before a walk loads the bases. Sawamura induces a fly out to get out having allowed no runs. The first two batters reach in the top of the ninth and move into scoring position on a groundout. An intentional walk loads the bases. The lead runner is thrown out at home for the second out of the frame. Correa and Bregman score on a single to center by Gurriel to make it 9-1. A force out finally ends the inning, but this one is beyond help. This is the first postseason series ever to have three straight games decided by at least seven runs. Astros throttle Sox, 9-1, and are on the cusp of another AL pennant.