Houston Astros advance to World Series – .

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Houston Astros advance to World Series – .


HOUSTON (AP) – Rookie Luis García showed the balance of an October ace, Yordan Alvarez stayed warm and the Houston Astros won another World Series trip, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Friday night in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.
The Astros have qualified for the World Series for the fourth time overall and the second time in three seasons. They won the championship in 2017, a crown marred by the team’s sign-theft scandal, before falling to the Washington Nationals in seven games in 2019.

Manager Dusty Baker’s side will open 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 heading into Game 6 on Saturday night.

García threw a smooth ball in the sixth inning, leaving a huge standing ovation with two strikeouts after a triple from Kiké Hernández. It was an impressive rebound performance for the 24-year-old, who started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first set before going without a takedown in the second due to right knee discomfort.

Alvarez continued his scorching streak, a year after watching at home following both knee surgery as the Astros were one game away from reaching the World Series. The designated hitter hitting four hits, including a triple and two doubles. He led a Game 5 victory with three hits and three RBIs.

Receiver Martín Maldonado made the defensive play of the game with a double strike and strike to finish seventh with Houston in the lead 2-0.

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

Boston’s best shot came in the seventh. They had runners in first and third with one out after a single par Alex Verdugo. Most Kendall Graveman pinched hitter at bat Travis Shaw and Maldonado made a perfect shot for Carlos Correa, which covered the second, to beat Verdugo there and finish the round.

Maldonado slapped his chest with glee as Graveman and Correa both pumped their fists to celebrate the roars of the crowd of 42,718.

Kyle Tucker opened it with a three-run homerun with two outs in the eighth. TV cameras flashed on the Houston Hall of Fame duo of Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, who stood together and cheered as Tucker got around the basics.

Ryan Pressly closed it in the ninth. The Red Sox, who looked so formidable at home at the start of the season, were limited to two hits in their last game.

Alex Bregman singles with two strikeouts in the first before Alvarez’s double gave the Astros the 1-0 lead. Hernández was able to catch up, but it slipped his arm under his glove and fell for the blow.

The back-to-back frolics of Boston and its bashers made it seem like the Red Sox were in total control of the series after Game 3, but as Alvarez’s long flight proved, they didn’t have a firm grip on them. things.

The Astros, supported by their young pitchers and rediscovered on offense, won the next two games by a total of 18-3 to come home with an away victory in a World Series. Then their 24-year-old rising stars García and Alvarez did the rest.

Houston had a chance to add to the lead in the fourth when Bregman pulled a single and another double from Alvarez left him in the third with no out. But they came back empty after Nathan Eovaldi worked out of the jam.

Alvarez tripled without an indent in the sixth to chase Josh Taylor and Tanner Houck Correa crashed. Tucker then hit a player on the ground right at first base Kyle Schwarber who scored Correa for the unassisted double play as Alvarez slipped safely home to make it 2-0.

Eovaldi took the win off a strong start in Game 2, but was charged with loss in Game 4 after giving up the shots after coming in with the game tied for ninth.

He allowed five hits and a run on Friday as the Red Sox lost a playoff game he first started after entering the game 5-0 in his starts.

García is the first pitcher to win a hitting game sixth in a playoff decisive potential since the Mets Noah Syndergaard earned two sixth strikeouts against the Giants in the 2016 NL wild card game.

García allowed Schwarber to reach wild ground after a strikeout to open the game and brought out Verdugo with a second strikeout. He settled in after that, sitting on the next 13 with five strikeouts, before Hernández got Boston’s first hit on a triple with two strikeouts in the sixth. García finished with seven strikeouts.

Phil Maton took over and retired Rafael Devers to complete the round.

SIGN OF THE TIMES

Boston manager Alex Cora has heard speculation that the Astros are transmitting basics signs and said the Red Sox are protecting themselves against it.

“It’s not about technology or other things,” Cora said. “There are things happening on the pitch that you have to watch. Just as teams play defense against us, we play defense against other teams. Not only them, we did it against the Yankees, we did it against the Rays. That’s the nature of the game. We’re prepared for it.

Cora knows Houston’s history of sign-stealing better than anyone, having been the team’s bench coach during the 2017 season when it was discovered they had broken the rules using a television camera to steal the posters of the receivers.

FOLLOWING

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

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