Houston Astros advance to World Series after beating Boston Red Sox in ALCS – .

Houston Astros advance to World Series after beating Boston Red Sox in ALCS – .

The Astros haven’t won the series since they were embroiled in a sign-stealing controversy after their 2017 championship season, which ended in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a World Series. of seven games. In 2019, they lost the Fall Classic to the Washington Nationals in seven games.

With Friday’s victory, led by cleanup hitter Yordan Alvarez, who went 4 for 4, the Astros won the American League Championship series four to two.

The Astros took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on Friday when Alvarez doubled the heel of Red Sox center Kiki Hernandez with two strikeouts. Alex Bregman scored easily from the first goal.

Alvarez led the start of the sixth with a triple and scored to make it 2-0 in Houston when Kyle Tucker made a double play.

The Red Sox had first- and third-place runners with just one out in the start of the seventh, but didn’t score because Astros pitcher Kendall Graveman passed Travis Shaw and wide receiver Martin Maldonado sent off Alex Verdugo on a try. to steal the second.

Tucker put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

The Astros face the Atlanta Braves or Los Angeles Dodgers in this year’s World Series opener on Tuesday.

The team with the best record during the season will host Games 1 and 2 (and Games 6 and 7, if necessary). The Astros have won more games than the Braves but fewer than the Dodgers.

The Braves lead the National League Championship series three to two and can shut down the Dodgers on Saturday in Game 6 in Atlanta.

Major League Baseball handed down a cheating scandal punishment on the Astros in January 2020 after a report said Houston illegally created a system that decoded and communicated the pitching signs of opposing teams during the 2017 season.

The punishment included both Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow suspended without pay for a season, forfeiture of top draft picks, as well as a fine of $ 5 million. Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane fired the two managers the same day the sanction was announced.


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