With their victory, the Astros are 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. This Friday (19:08 from Ecuador) is the sixth game. Broadcast: Fox Sports.
Dominican starter Framber Valdez pitched eight solid innings and Cuban designated hitter Yordan Álvarez hit a four-corner hit with the Houston Astros, who defeated the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Wednesday night and take advantage in the League Championship Series. American.
With their triumph the Astros put numbers 3-2 in the series that is played to the best of seven, being only one victory away from getting a ticket to the World Series.
Houston may capture its third Fall Classic ticket in five years. A day after the Astros scored seven runs to break a tie in the ninth inning, they hung another number on the Fenway Park scoreboard after punishing left-handed starter Chris Sale while scoring five runs in the sixth inning.
The Red Sox had won seven straight home postseason games, dating back to the 2018 American League Championship Series, before losing an eighth-inning lead Tuesday night.
They had never lost consecutive postseason games to Puerto Rican manager Álex Cora.
Valdez (1-0) resisted eight innings on the mound, allowing three hits, a home run, a run, walked and struck out five batters en route to claiming the win, key to the Texan ninth.
The Dominican, who went 11-6 in the regular season, faced 27 batters with a 93 shot job, of which 62 put them in the hidden strike zone.
When he descended from the mound, with the last three outs of the game remaining, he left his average ERA at 2.53.
Valdez, who was perfect until the fourth inning, had a two-hit shutout in the seventh and became the first pitcher this postseason to pitch eight innings.
That was enough for Valdez, who extended the staff shutout streak to 14 straight innings before third baseman Rafael Devers homered with one out in the seventh, one of Boston’s three hits.
The left-hander left after retiring the Red Sox in order in the eighth, the longest outing by any starter this postseason.
Valdez was also the first visiting pitcher to last eight innings in a postseason start at Fenway Park since the Cleveland Indians’ Charles Nagy had eight in the 1998 Division Series.
The Dominican bounced back after allowing two earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings in Game 1.
If Valdez was dominant from the mound, with the bat, Álvarez (1) took the ball out of the field in the second inning as a penalty for Sale’s pitches.
At the top of the second inning, Álvarez bounced the ball out of the field between left and center field, sending the ball flying 119 yards.
The Cuban played with an effective bat by making contact three of five times in the batter’s box and finished with three RBIs and two runs scored.
In the sixth inning, Álvarez made it 3-0 by double-hitting deep left field, bringing Venezuelan second baseman José Altuve to the ringtone.
If the night before Altuve hit the full-back ball, this time he connected on one occasion in four dates with the pitcher and hit the buzzer twice.
The second run the Venezuelan scored was in the seventh inning when ranger Michael Brantley hit an RBI single to put numbers 7-0 on the scoreboard.
Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa hit the bat four times, but scored a run in the ninth, hitting a single by Cuban first baseman Yuli Gurriel into center field.
Gurriel was 3-for-5 on the baton, dropping in three runs on his single in the ninth inning, sending the ringer as well as Correa, third baseman Alex Bregman and Correa.
The Red Sox’s response came from Devers (3), who hit a home run in the seventh inning, with no men in circulation.
Devers found the pitches of his compatriot Valdez and bounced the ball off the field with a 123-meter blow in the seventh inning over right field.
The Dominican hit almost perfect going 3-2, with an RBI and scored. The loss was carried by Sale (0-1) in five and a third innings, receiving a punishment of three hits, a home run and four runs, gave away two bases and struck out seven.
Game 6 of the series moves to Houston where it will resume Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros have not named their starter, while the Boston Red Sox announced Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) to open the game. (D)
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