Red Sox Lose Decisive Game 4 to Astros, 5-4

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Justin Verlander celebrates with Dallas Keuchel after defeating the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

Farrell said he is "confident" he can get the Red Sox over the hump. Today all three looked good: Bogaerts hit a home run in the first inning and walked in the fifth, Benintendi hit what at the time was the go-ahead home run in the fifth and Devers was 2-for-4 with a walk and a ninth-inning inside-the-park home run to put them game within one.

The Red Sox ensured they were not eliminated on Sunday with a home win in Game 3 to pull the series back to 2-1.

Verlander, though, making his first career relief appearance, was treated much more harshly by the Red Sox. The starting pitching really hurt the Red Sox, because no starting pitcher pitched a really good game in the four-game series. Porcello has a 5.43 ERA in 112 2/3 home innings this season.

Farrell was ejected from Game 4 of Boston's AL Division Series matchup with the Houston Astros for arguing balls and strikes.

The victor of the Astros-Red Sox series will face either the Cleveland Indians or New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

However, Houston did not add any more runs the entire game as Boston rallied to take a one-run lead and then routed the Astros with a 6-run seventh. Boston's starters surrendered 16 runs in four starts. Game 4 is Monday afternoon in Boston. Sale should not have even been allowed to go four innings, Porcello should have been allowed more than three and, if anything, Kimbrel should have taken the mound to start the eighth. He said he told a friend during conversation Friday night that the stakes of Sunday's game in some ways helps him to focus. Francisco Liriano took the loss in relief.

Bellinger and Austin Barnes homered off Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke while Japan's Darvish gave up one run and struck out seven in five-plus innings.

The Astros' 3-1 lead after two innings made them the first team in major league history to hold a lead for the first 20 innings of any postseason series. Asked if Rizzo, who drove in two runs in each of the first two games of the series, seems like a player who gets hits at key moments in the playoffs, Baker responded: "Well, yeah, I guess".

"We've been watching The Weather Channel for a couple of months now", said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, whose team was forced to play a home series in Tampa Bay in August when Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston.

The Houston Astros picked apart Boston's top two starting pitchers in Games 1 and 2, roughing up Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz in back-to-back, 8-2 victories at Minute Maid Park. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the win". If the Yankees win, the Astros will host the first two games. Mitch Moreland doubled, and then got thrown out at the plate - easily - on Ramirez's single to left.

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