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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros 8-6 in Game Four of the ALCS on Wednesday night. With the win, Boston leads the series 3-1 over Houston. Rick Porcello made the start for the Red Sox while Charlie Morton did so for the Astros. The game was played at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
In what must be described as a back-and-forth affair, Game Four had lots of drama and excitement. The highlight was an incredible game-saving catch by Andrew Benintendi in the bottom 9th. Craig Kimbrel, the victim of lots of erratic pitching lately, loaded the bases with two outs in an 8-6 contest. The stage was set for the Astros’ best hitter in Alex Bregman to come up against the Sox closer, who recorded his first six-out save in his career. On the first pitch, he lined a shot to left field where Benintendi had to sprint and lay out to make a diving catch to win the game.
Also of note, was the go-ahead two-run homer by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the top 6th. It pushed the Sox ahead once and for all, as his massive blast went deep into the right field stands. It was his second homerun in as many games and his ninth RBI in the last three. He has two go-ahead extra-base hits and a grand slam in the same span.
On the pitching side, Rick Porcello had a pretty tough time keeping the vaunted Astros lineup at bay. The right-hander pitched four innings of four earned run ball with just one more strikeout than walk. He did, however, get a bit of a break in the 1st inning.
Down 2-0, Jose Altuve hit a baseball to right field that Mookie Betts leaped up into the stands and almost caught for the out. Instead, it appeared to hit off fans’ hands and came back into play. Crew Chief Joe West called fan interference and, on replay, it did appear the fans’ hands closed Betts’ glove. With that said, it did not seem like they reached into the field of play. As such, the ruling is that it should be a homerun, however, it was too hard to tell if the interference occurred over the field of play. The call stood and the Red Sox were saved from the early Altuve bomb.
Game Five of the ALCS will be played on Thursday night at 8:09 p.m. eastern time. With Chris Sale‘s stomach injury, it is questionable who will pitch in that contest. As of now, David Price may be the favorite to take that lead.