Boston’s pitchers held the Houston Astros to just five hits, and Red Sox third-baseman Rafael Devers continued his surprising postseason with a three-run homerun Thursday night as the Red Sox won the American League Championship Series.
Boston will advance to the World Series, where they’ll face the National League series winner. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 in that series, and can wrap it up in Game 5 on Friday (Fox Sports, 8:30 p.m. ET).
The Red Sox’s 4-1 win Thursday night was a departure for this year’s ALCS; no other game had seen fewer than nine runs. Boston starter David Price, who had gone 0-9 in his first dozen playoff games, gave up just three hits in six innings while striking out nine.
“That was very, very special, absolutely,” Price said after the game. “But we want more.” Since breaking an 88-year curse with a World Series title in 2004, Boston has added titles in 2007 and 2013, and will get another chance this year.
That meant Devers’ home run was more than enough to give Boston the win. The 21-year-old, in his second year in the majors, is hitting .375 this postseason, versus just .240 in the regular season.
The home run chased Houston starter Justin Verlander, one of the best pitchers in baseball, and effectively ended the Astros’ hopes of winning back-to-back World Series.