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The Astros went on to eliminate the Sox in four games with a 5-4 victory.

Major League Baseball 2017 Red Sox vs Astros (ALDS Game 4) Highlights. It didn't work as Alex Bregman led off the eighth with a home run to tie the game at 3-3.

An All-Star this year while striking out 126 of the 254 batters he faced (49.6 percent), Kimbrel walked George Springer and gave up the go-ahead run on an RBI single to Josh Reddick, who sliced a grounder through the left side of the infield.

Verlander, who never pitched in relief in 46 career appearances at ODU, earned the victory as the Astros scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead back for good. But man, the Red Sox really turned this into a series after rolling over in the first two. Sale had pitched four scoreless innings up until that point. Porcello has a 5.43 ERA in 112 2/3 home innings this season.

Rick Porcello got the ball to start the game after pitching an inning of relief in Game 1.

Desperate to avoid a winner-take-all Game 5 in this American League Division Series, the Houston Astros asked ace Justin Verlander to do something Monday that he hadn't done as a professional or in college. 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.

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He did, and Andrew Benintendi made it 3-2 Boston with an immediate two-run shot.

Eighth-inning specialist Addison Reed was available and closer Craig Kimbrel was among the most well-rested pitchers in the ballpark, having thrown just 16 pitches in Game 1 three days ago.

"When we were back home (Sale) struck me out on a changeup," Bregman said after the game.

He's very good. The presumptive AL MVP and longest tenured Astros player put on a historic performance in Game 1, blasting three homers - including two off Chris Sale - to carry Houston to the win.

The teams finished Game 3 before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday but didn't find out until about 11 p.m. what time they would be playing Game 4, because TV wanted to keep the Yankees in prime time.

Astros reliever Francisco Liriano (0-1) gave up the go-ahead homer to Devers and took the loss. The 29-year-old hurler was spotted a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but he was bounced after 2 2/3 innings having allowed three runs off of six hits.

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But it wasn't enough as the Astros reached a league championship series for the first time since 2005 - when they were in the National League.

To celebrate the big win, the team headed back to the locker room for a champagne shower.

Houston enjoyed another fast start against a shaky Fister, scoring three runs in the first inning.

A bases-loaded double with nobody out in the seventh by Ramirez and a bloop RBI single from Devers the next at-bat put Boston ahead 7-3.

Farrell said he will worry about a potential Game 4 starter after ensuring that there is another game to play.

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