The AL West champion Astros defeated the Red Sox, 5-4, in a rain-soaked Game 4 of an American League Divisional Series in what was a back-and-forth game until the final out. Houston tied the game in the 8th inning after a solo home run by Alex Bregman, and reclaimed the lead on an RBI-single by Josh Reddick later on in the inning. Carlos Beltran gave the Astros the insurance run they needed with an RBI-double in the 9th inning, but Boston wasn’t done fighting.
In the bottom-half of the 9th, Raphael Devers hit a shot off of Houston closer Ken Giles that found its way to The Green Monster. The ball ricocheted off the wall and toward the right-field corner, and Devers sprinted around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to cut the deficit to one run, at 5-4. But Giles was able to compose himself on the mound and close out the game for the decisive victory, and his teammates stormed the Fenway Park field in celebration.
Now, the Astros await the winner of the ALDS series featuring the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. The Indians lead that best-of-five series, 2-1, and they meet again in Game 4 at 7:08 p.m. Eastern on Monday.
If the Indians hold on and win the series, they would hold home-field advantage over the Astros. If the Yankees can come back and win the series, Houston would have home field.
Houston made the World Series in 2005 as a member of the National League, but got swept by the Chicago White Sox, 4-0. As members of the AL, the Astros won a Wild Card Game against the Yankees in 2015, but lost the ALDS in five games to the Kansas City Royals (3-2).
The Astros won the regular season series against the Yankees, going 5-2 in games. Against the Indians, however, Houston struggled mightily. It went 1-5 against the defending ALCS champions.
The ALCS is scheduled to begin Friday, and the entire series will be broadcast on FOX.
Here’s a look at the full ALCS game schedule:
American League Championship Series
Houston Astros vs. Yankees/Indians Winner
NOTE: Game times yet to be determined.
Game #1: Friday, October 13
Game #2: Saturday, October 14
Game #3: Monday, October 16
Game #4: Tuesday, October 17
Game #5 (if necessary): Wednesday, October 18
Game #6 (if necessary): Friday, October 20
Game #7 (if necessary): Saturday, October 21