Red Sox finish off Astros in Game 5, head to World Series

Red Sox finish off Astros in Game 5, head to World Series

Given the chance, Red Sox left-hander David Price wasn't going alone to a news conference Thursday after Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. "But you know what?" "I heard somebody today on TV just blasting David, blasting him, calling him the worst pitcher in the postseason". Can't cut it in Boston.

Boston awaits the victor of the National League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Red Sox will head back to the fall classic for the first time since 2013.

Price has notoriously struggled in the playoffs, but he tossed six shutout innings Thursday, silencing the Astros' vaunted lineup and his long line of critics.

That narrative requires some unpacking as well. Following his team's win over the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year, Belichick finished up his postgame press conference to with the Red Sox luck in their playoff series against the Yankees.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was named the ALCS Most Valuable Player thanks to his bases-clearing double to give Boston the lead in Game 2, a grand slam to put away Game 3 and two-run home run to take back the lead in Game 4.

It was the 14th pennant for the Red Sox, who are 8-4 in World Series appearances.

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It was only after Price's departure - and the Astros' subsequent revival in the seventh inning - that the crowd of 43,210 came to life.

Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA this season but was limited down the stretch because of shoulder trouble. However, Boston scored eight runs in Games 3 and 4 and another four while Verlander was on the mound in Game 5, so it could very well be in their heads. And Kimbrel worked around a one-out walk to close out the victory.

Of all the surprises this postseason, nothing shocked more people than Price's outing in Game 5 on short rest on the road. The ball was sinking fast and likely would have been at least a two-run single to tie the game.

But in a way, that made this the ideal scenario for Price - one in which there would be few expectations, little pressure and less downtime to stew over his previous postseason failures.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is taking his third organization to the World Series. He's nearly a part of them, but he's not, and it's just natural for him.

The team's official Twitter page got in on the action later, posting video of the team celebrating its trip to the World Series with the caption: "lil post series video work". Price said Cora's demeanor has never changed, win or lose.

Two key moments swung this series entirely and Osuna is responsible for one of them. In game five, the home plate umpire blew a third strike call on J.D. Martinez from Verlander that would have ended the inning.

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