Boston Red Sox beat Houston Astros after fan interferes with catch

Silvia Morton
October 19, 2018

"Everybody always talks about a couple of guys on this team but in all truth, we have 108 wins", said Martinez. The Red Sox won all three this year, culminating with a 4-1 Game 5 victory that will have them hosting Game 1 of the World Series against the Brewers or Dodgers on Tuesday. Later that day, Astros ace Justin Verlander took exception on Twitter, where he posted the message, "I can think of a reason why".

West said postgame, "When (Betts) jumped up to reach for the ball, the spectator reached out of the stands and hit him over the playing field and closed his glove".

Later on Wednesday, Upton tweeted: "I feel the need to acknowledge & address the amount of people who have called me "princess", "honey" or a bad "girl" sports fan". I hadn't gone through the grind yet, I hadn't experienced the failures at the big league level like I have now. That was very, very special, absolutely.

Brown, who grew up in Red Sox Nation, said she moved to Houston in 1966 and turned her allegiance to the Astros. But the playoffs are all about matchups and Price has always matched up well with the Astros.

Everyone wants a piece of Jose Altuve's fly ball Wednesday night in Houston, including Boston Red Sox right-fielder Mookie Betts. Wearing goggles and championship gear, the team saluted the first manager from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series.

With that, Price's night was over. But the lefty threw hard, making a changeup he relied upon heavily even more effective - 12 of his 15 swings and misses came on that pitch en route to six shutout innings in which he walked none and whiffed nine.

Despite the different results, Price said he didn't feel that different in his preparation. "But it's one of the things where I'm past it, and I'm here because of my struggles and because of my pain that I went through there", he said. "I saw it coming right away". But the players people think about when they conjure up images of this club - Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez, Craig Kimbrel, and so on - are all going to be debuting in the Fall Classic in a few days' time. The left-hander, who has had a rough time in Boston since signing a $217 million contract before the 2016 season, entered 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts.

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When he finally got a chance to quiet the chatter, he laid an egg in Cleveland in the 2015 playoffs.

Any Red Sox fan could have recited the terrible numbers: 11 starts, 0-9 record, 6.16 ERA.

"That's just a tough call right now", said Houston's George Springer, who later homered over that same wall.

But then, there were those "baby steps" last weekend against Houston, all setting the stage for this one. He finally earned his first postseason win as a starter, and with the proverbial monkey off his back he may have gained some swagger.

The next great MLB postseason controversy was born in the first inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Finally, for the first time in a long time, and for the first time in a Red Sox uniform, the man delivered.

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