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ALCS Game 5 live updates: It’s game on in Houston
The Sox are on the doorstep of the World Series. Tonight, they try to break through.
By Nicole Yang and Matt Pepin
The Red Sox will try to clinch the American League pennant Thursday with a Game 5 win over the Astros. The game is televised on TBS.
First inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0
Bottom: Red Sox starter David Price allowed a two-out single to Jose Altuve, but then struck out Carlos Correa looking to end the first.
Top: Astros starter Justin Verlander got two quick outs, then walked J.D. Martinez before inducing a fielder’s choice groundout from Xander Bogaerts.
Where we go from here
If the Red Sox win tonight, they are on to the World Series, which would start on Tuesday at Fenway Park. If the Sox lose, the ALCS is headed back to Fenway, where Game 6 would be Saturday. A Game 6 start time depends on the outcome of Friday’s NLCS Game 6. If the Brewers push the series to a Game 7, then a would-be Game 6 of Sox-Astros would be at 5:09 p.m. Saturday; if the Dodgers oust the Brewers in six, then Game 6 of the ALCS would be at 8:09 p.m. Saturday.
Lineups and notes
■ LHP David Price (0-1, 9.95 ERA this postseason) and RHP Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.18 ERA) are the starters.
|RED SOX (3-1)||ASTROS (1-3)|
|Betts RF||Bregman 3B|
|Benintendi LF||Springer RF|
|Martinez DH||Altuve DH|
|Bogaerts SS||Correa SS|
|Moreland 1B||Gurriel 1B|
|Kinsler 2B||Gonzalez 2B|
|Devers 3B||Kemp LF|
|Vázquez C||Maldonado C|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Marinsick CF|
■ Price, still searching for his first career postseason win, makes his third start of these playoffs. In Game 2 of this series, he went 4⅔ innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out four, and walked four.
Nick Cafardo wrote about what the Sox might get out of Price tonight and that he has a chance to win over the Red Sox fan base.
■ Verlander, making his third start of these playoffs, earned the Game 1 win over the Sox, going six innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out six, and walking four.
■ Couldn’t stay awake for all of last night’s win? Here are six can’t-miss Red Sox plays.
Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.