Behind David Price, Red Sox Advance To World Series

Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

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.

Unfortunately for Upton, the call was upheld and the Red Sox went on to win 8-6. With Chris Sale ailing, the Red Sox turned to Price to vanquish the defending World Series champions and punch Boston's ticket to the World Series. Astros hitters made contact with only 12 of those 38 change-ups and they had an average exit velocity of 72 miles per hour - quite weak. Game 1 at Fenway Park is on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and will be televised on Fox. He had a grand slam in Game 3 and go-ahead homer in Game 4 and finished with nine RBI in the series. J.D. Martinez homered on Thursday, his second of the playoffs, but the bottom of the order stole the show. And then they started getting more outs.

The Red Sox pulled off the upset for a variety of reasons, including some surprise contributions from unexpected players.

"My last thought last night before I went to bed was probably a little bit different than usual", Price said, via The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato.

On his 43rd birthday, at the expense of the club he won a title with past year and in his first season as a big league manager, Alex Cora is going back to the Fall Classic.

Kimbrel, the Sox' closer, notched a save in each of his five outings this postseason, but the typically reliable All-Star didn't look like his regular-season self. In four save situations, two against NY and two against Houston, Kimbrel allowed runs in each of them. Before Game 5, Price was 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 postseason starts.

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In his last appearance, Price went four-and-two-thirds innings.

Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago.

Price left with a 4-0 lead.

The 33-year-old entered Thursday with a career 5.42 ERA in the playoffs and allowed seven runs in two starts this October. "Whether that means the team [for whom] it goes their way is better, or whether they got lucky, just got the bounces - baseball's so amusing, man". The problem is Boston outfielder Mookie Betts also was trying to catch it.

When Boston wasn't robbing him of extra-base hits, it often pitched around him and accepted a walk as an acceptable outcome. Before I knew it, the Red Sox had eliminated the Yankees in four games, even celebrating on the field at Yankee Stadium in front of thousands of stunned New Yorkers. Bregman's misfortune captures one big reason why Houston's season is over.

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