BOSTON – The Houston Astros rallied late to win Game 4 of the ALCS at Fenway Park on Tuesday, closing the series at 2-2. After leading most of the game, the Astros tied the score on a homerun in the eighth and took the lead over a single RBI in the ninth.
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The turning point came early in the ninth inning when Nathan Eovaldi stared Jason Castro at a 1-2 count. A curved ball fell in the upper right corner of the strike zone, resembling the third end of inning strike. Instead, the pitch was called a ball. Two shots later, Castro hit an RBI single to the right to give Houston the lead.
But that would be far from the end of a nightmarish ninth inning for the Red Sox, who would give up another six points on the late exits of Eovaldi and reliever Martin Perez in the game. The game would end that way as the Astros won, 9-2. With the series now tied at two games apiece, the Sox and ‘Stros will face off in Wednesday’s all-important Game 5 at Fenway Park.
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The Red Sox and Astros traded points early in the competition, both pitching home runs in the first inning.
Alex Bregman opened the scoring in the game by hitting a solo shot at the monster to give Houston the 1-0 lead. In the next half-inning, Xander Bogaerts reversed the scenario, smashing a 2-run homerun on the left wall to turn the Sox’s one-point deficit into a one-point lead.
From that point on, the score remained the same until the first pitch of the eighth inning, where Houston point guard Jose Altuve crushed his own solo shot to tie the score at 2-2. This set the stage for Boston’s ninth nightmare, where Houston definitely progressed to tie the series.
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12:15 p.m .: Bogaerts ended the game as the Astros won 9-2, tying the ALCS in two games apiece.
12h00 The Astros opened the floodgates after the green light, adding six more points to post a seven in the ninth inning. Houston now leads 9-2.
11:40 p.m .: After what appeared to be a third strike late in the inning, Eovaldi gave up a single run to Jason Castro, giving Houston the late lead, 3-2.
11:27 p.m .: Nathan Eovaldi heads to the top of the ninth with the score tied at 2-2.
11:08 p.m .: Altuve landed a solo home run on the monster on the left to tie the game at 2-2 at the start of the eighth.
10.58 p.m .: Nathan Eovaldi warms up in the Red Sox enclosure.
10:55 p.m .: Kyle Schwarber hooks a shot in the first to finish high in the seventh and send the Red Sox to home plate with a 2-1 lead.
22:25: Ottavino takes out Correa as the Red Sox head down the sixth, still leading by one run.
22:23: Quick hook for Taylor after getting two outs and giving up a single to Alvarez. Adam Ottavino will pitch for Boston as they still lead 2-1.
10:20 p.m .: Josh Taylor takes over from Pivetta, who ends the day with the following final line: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 RE, 2 BB, 3 K.
10:05 p.m .: Rafael Devers turns a great game and Kyle Schwarber stretches for the final at the start of the fifth set.
9:53 p.m .: The Astros are off the hook after a hat-trick with just one withdrawal from Christian Arroyo. A Schwarber goal and a Hernandez foul keep things 2-1 for the Sox.
9:35 p.m .: Alex Cora falls out with the plate umpire following a three-strike appeal on JD Martinez who appeared to be out of the zone. Cora was detained before he could face the discipline.
9:00 p.m. Greinke comes out with one at the end of a second. Brooks Raley replaces Houston.
8:50 p.m .: Pivetta escapes a traffic jam with two ons and two outs forcing Maldonado to fly to CF.
8:25 p.m .: Xander Bogaerts sent a shot over the wall in LF to bring the score to 2-1 in Boston as the early deficit evaporated.
8:14 p.m .: Houston takes a one point lead early on as Alex Bregman hits a solo left shot at the top of the first.
8:08 p.m .: The game is underway at Fenway Park!
6:00 p.m .: JD Martinez practices batting ahead of ALCS Game 4.
4:45 p.m .: The alignments are defined before Game 4 for both teams. The Red Sox will use the same lineup they had in the big Game 3 win over Houston:
- Kyle Schwarber, 1B
- Kike Hernandez, CF
- Rafael Devers, 3B
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Alex Verdugo, LF
- JD Martinez, DH
- Hunter Renfroe, RF
- Christian Vazquez, C.
- Christian Arroyo, 2B
And here’s how Houston will establish its roster for Game 4:
- José Altuve, 2B
- Michael Brantley, LF
- Alex Bregman, 3B
- Yordan Alvarez, DH
- Carlos Correa, SS
- Kyle Tucker, RF
- Yuli Gurriel, 1B
- Chas McCormick, CF
- Martín Maldonado, C.
Here is the schedule for the remaining game in Boston:
ALCS 5 game: Wednesday, 5:08 p.m. at Fenway Park and on FS1.
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