ALDS Game 4

Bregman, Reddick come up clutch to lead Astros past Red Sox 5-4 and earn a spot in the ALCS

Alex Bregman's game-tying homer in the eighth started the Astros rally. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Astros are headed to their first Championship Series appearance since 2005 after clutch hitting from Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick late in Game 4 to completed a thrilling comeback win.

Both teams pushed their chips all in, including bringing their ace pitchers in for relief appearances, but the Astros came on top winning 5-4 in Game 4 and taking the series 3-1. Alex Bregman had a huge homer to tie the game followed by the go-ahead single by Josh Reddick to send the Astros on to the win.

The Astros got on the board first as they have done in every game of this series as Jose Altuve grounded into a double play allowing George Springer to score from third to give the Astros a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Xander Bogaerts answered back for Boston with a solo home run off of Charlie Morton in the bottom of the first to tie the game 1-1.

Springer would give the Astros the lead back in the top of the second with a two-out RBI single to score Yuli Gurriel who tripled earlier in the inning to make it 2-1. The Astros went on to load the bases, but Rick Porcello ended the threat with a strikeout of Carlos Correa. The Red Sox were able to load the bases themselves with no outs in the bottom of the second but were unable to do anything with it as Morton threw back-to-back strikeouts followed by a popout to end the inning.

After finishing three innings, Porcello's day was done and in came Chris Sale from the bullpen to try and keep the Red Sox in the game and keep their season alive. Morton continued to pitch for the Astros into the fifth inning but was pulled in favor of Justin Verlander who made his first relief appearance ever as the Astros tried to beat out the rain and finish the series. Unfortunately, Verlander's first batter would give the Red Sox the lead as Andrew Benintendi launched a two-run go-ahead home run to make it 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

After multiple innings of dominant pitching by Sale, Alex Bregman took advantage of a changeup over the plate and knocked it over the Green Monster, tying the game at 3 in the top of the eighth. Sale faced two more batters, giving up a single to Gattis before getting McCann to line out for out number two, then was pulled in favor of Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel walked Springer before allowing Josh Reddick to put the Astros back in front 4-3 by hitting a single to score Maybin who was pinch running for Gattis.

Verlander bounced back from the homer in the bottom of the fifth and was able to pitch through the seventh without allowing any more runs. The Astros went to Ken Giles in the eighth inning and were able to get a 1-2-3 inning to hold the one-run lead. Carlos Beltran added another insurance run in the top of the ninth, hitting a RBI double off of Kimbrel, prompting a call to the bullpen to bring in Addison Reed who was able to get the final out of the inning.

Giles came back out for the ninth and allowed a home run to Rafael Devers to bring the Red Sox within one, but bounced back from it and was able to get a strikeout and two groundouts to save the 5-4 win. 

Next Up: The Astros will be paying close attention to Game 4 between the Indians and Yankees tonight, as they will face the winner of that series starting on Friday, October 13th. If the Yankees are able to win the series, the Astros will have home-field advantage and host Game 1, while if the Indians win the Astros will head to Cleveland.

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Houston can win series on Sunday

Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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