After throwing up two more scoreless frames to start Thursday's contest against the Red Sox, Verlander finally yielded a run in the third inning. 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.
This Red Sox team is better still than its 108-win season suggested. "You would like to see a two-run homer be a two-run homer, especially to tie the game".
At the final out, a long fly to the warning track in left, the Red Sox poured out of their dugout on the third base side and congregated near the mound in a teeming, bouncing huddle, with Price at its center. But curses, the Red Sox will be trying to win their fourth World Series in the past 15 seasons. In five career do-or-die starts, he was 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA. They faced elimination games three times last fall and won them all, including a pair of wins over the Yankees in the ALCS after trailing 3-2 in the series. But Price rather casually and calmly came back to get Marwin Gonzalez to helplessly flail at a 2-2 changeup in the dirt for a swinging strike three. He won two championships as general manager of the Florida Marlins, then oversaw two pennants as GM of the Detroit Tigers.
Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski has sufficient World Series experience.
Last year, the Cubs made a sweet gesture of forgiveness when they gave Bartman a diamond-encrusted ring celebrating their first World Series title in 108 years.
The Astros had Kimbrel on the ropes, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With the season on the line, Verlander was unable to save the Astros this time. Had West's ruling been a home run, that might have been unchanged as well.
Altuve went 1 for 4 in the finale. As Betts extended his arm high over the 7-foot wall, the ball bounced back onto the field of play.
"That's just a tough call right now", said Houston's George Springer, who later homered over that same wall.
After protests from Astros manager AJ Hinch, the decision went for an umpire review - but following further video analysis which lasted more than three minutes, the decision was upheld.
Verlander, who starred for Houston last postseason after being acquired on August 31, yielded seven hits and four runs in six innings for his second playoff loss with the Astros. Devers also hit a homer to left which scored Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler.