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How the Red Sox beat the Astros in Game 5, inning by inning

Rafael Devers hit a three run home run in the sixth inning. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Rafael Devers hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday to lift the Red Sox past the Astros and into the World Series.

David Price pitched six innings for his first postseason victory.

The Red Sox won the series, 4-1. The Red Sox will face the winner of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Brewers when the World Series begins on Tuesday in Boston. Game 6 of the NLCS is Friday in Milwaukee.

Related: 2018 World Series schedule

Here’s an inning-by-inning review of the way the game unfolded.


Ninth inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 1

Bottom: Craig Kimbrel replaced Nathan Eovaldi on the mound. After Carlos Correa struck out swinging, Kimbrel walked Yuli Gurriel on four pitches. Marwin Gonzalez struck out looking, and Tony Kemp flied out to center to end the inning. The Red Sox punched their ticket to the World Series.

Top: Roberto Osuna retired the side in order.

Eighth inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 1

Bottom: George Springer’s two-out base hit into center field put a runner on first, but Jose Altuve flied out to end the inning.

Top: Mitch Moreland struck out swinging to open the inning. Ian Kinsler ripped a shot to left field and beat the tag at second for a double. He advanced to third after Roberto Osuna threw a ball in the dirt that bounced off catcher Brian McCann’s chest protector, but was left stranded.

Seventh inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 1

Bottom: Matt Barnes replaced David Price on the mound. With two outs, Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo shot to put the Astros on the board. Barnes then walked Tony Kemp to put a runner on first. Game 3 starter Nathan Eovaldi replaced Barnes on the mound, and Josh Reddick flied out to end the inning.

Matt Barnes replaced David Price on the mound for the Red Sox. After retiring the first two batters he faced, Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run to cut the Red Sox’ lead to 4-1.


Top: Roberto Osuna replaced Justin Verlander on the mound and retired the side.

Sixth inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 0

Bottom: Mookie Betts made a leaping grab at the wall for an out that was eerily similar to Game 4’s controversial fan interference. George Springer grounded out and Jose Altuve struck out swinging to end the inning.

Top: Mitch Moreland led off the inning with a double. Leftfielder Tony Kemp made a play on the ball at the wall, but did not catch it. Ian Kinsler hit a right-field single that advanced Moreland to third, and Rafael Devers drove both runners home with a three-run blast to center field.

Verlander retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Fifth inning: Red Sox 1, Astros 0

Bottom: David Price retired the side in order.

Top: J.D. Martinez hit a two-out ground ball into center field to reach base for the third time, but was left stranded.

Fourth inning: Red Sox 1, Astros 0

Bottom: After Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa struck out, Yuli Gurriel ended a nine-pitch at-bat with a line drive off the left-field wall. Andrew Benintendi bobbled the ball, allowing Gurriel to easily make it to second. Marwin Gonzalez struck out to end the inning.

Top: Justin Verlander retired the side in order, including back-to-back strikeouts of Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez.

Third inning: Red Sox 1, Astros 0

Bottom: David Price retired the side in order. His pitch count: 47.

Top: After Andrew Benintendi struck out looking, J.D. Martinez launched a solo homer to left field to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.


Second inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0

Bottom: Yuli Gurriel opened the inning with a hard-hit single to center field, but Price retired the next three batters to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 35.

Top: After Ian Kinsler reached on an error and Christian Vazquez singled, Jackie Bradley Jr. walked to load the bases, but Mookie Betts struck out swinging to end the inning.

First inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0

Bottom: Red Sox starter David Price allowed a two-out single to Jose Altuve, but then struck out Carlos Correa looking to end the first.

Top: Astros starter Justin Verlander got two quick outs, then walked J.D. Martinez before inducing a fielder’s choice groundout from Xander Bogaerts.

Pregame news

Pregame scenes

Red Sox players Xander Bogaerts (on ground) and J.D. Martinez had their own methods of stretching prior to Game 5.Jim Davis//Globe Staff
Alex Cora. Barry Chin//Globe Staff

Where we go from here

If the Red Sox win tonight, they are on to the World Series, which would start on Tuesday at Fenway Park. If the Sox lose, the ALCS is headed back to Fenway, where Game 6 would be Saturday. A Game 6 start time depends on the outcome of Friday’s NLCS Game 6. If the Brewers push the series to a Game 7, then a would-be Game 6 of Sox-Astros would be at 5:09 p.m. Saturday; if the Dodgers oust the Brewers in six, then Game 6 of the ALCS would be at 8:09 p.m. Saturday.

Lineups and notes

■   LHP David Price (0-1, 9.95 ERA this postseason) and RHP Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.18 ERA) are the starters.

RED SOX (3-1)ASTROS (1-3)
Betts RFBregman 3B
Benintendi LFSpringer RF
Martinez DHAltuve DH
Bogaerts SSCorrea SS
Moreland 1BGurriel 1B
Kinsler 2BGonzalez 2B
Devers 3BKemp LF
Vázquez CMaldonado C
Bradley Jr. CFMarinsick CF

■   Price, still searching for his first career postseason win, makes his third start of these playoffs. In Game 2 of this series, he went 4⅔ innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out four, and walked four.


Nick Cafardo wrote about what the Sox might get out of Price tonight and that he has a chance to win over the Red Sox fan base.

■   Verlander, making his third start of these playoffs, earned the Game 1 win over the Sox, going six innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out six, and walking four.

Pregame reading

■   Chad Finn: Where to rank Andrew Benintendi’s catch, and other questions from the Red Sox’ Game 4 win.

■   Couldn’t stay awake for all of last night’s win? Here are six can’t-miss Red Sox plays.

■   How Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi pulled off those remarkable plays last night.

■   Everything you need to know about the fan interference call that went the Red Sox’ way.

■   How will the Red Sox handle a still-ailing Chris Sale?

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