Last night, the Boston Red Sox squeaked out another win against the Houston Astros, putting them up 3 games to 1 in a best of 7 series. The defending World Series champion Astros now have their backs to the wall with last night’s 8-6 defeat in Houston.
The game got off to a controversial start when the Astros, already down 2-0 in the first inning, had their All-star Jose Altuve launch what appeared to be a home run to right field in the bottom of the first. However, Boston right-fielder Mookie Betts had a play on the ball and was about to make the catch over the right field wall when a fan interfered and caught the ball above Betts glove. Upon review, the game tying home run was nullified on fan interference by umpire Joe West.
That wasn’t the last night the Astros had a chance to comeback. In the bottom of the ninth inning, they had the bases loaded against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel when Houston slugger Alex Bregman lined a screeching hit towards left field which was caught on a dazzling diving catch by left fielder Andrew Benintendi. If that ball is not caught, the Astros likely go on to win the game.
Game 5 of the series will be played tonight in Houston with the Red Sox having a chance to clinch their place in the World Series. David Price takes the mound for Boston on short rest while the Astros send their ace Justin Verlander to the hill. If Houston wins, the series will return to Boston’s Fenway Park for Game 6 on Saturday.