Red Sox vs Astros score: live ALCS updates, highlights as Framber Valdez and Yordan Alvarez propel Houston to Game 5 victory
The Astros defeated the Red Sox 7-1 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the American League Championship Series. Framber Valdez made eight crucial innings for Houston, limiting the Red Sox to three hits. Yordan Alvarez hit a solo homerun and a two-run brace, and Yuli Gurriel put up a trio of hits and runs batted in to help fuel a Houston offense that racked up 11 hits. For the Red Sox, Chris Sale contested 5 1/3 innings, striking out seven strikes, walking two and allowing four runs. The Boston squad struggled to muster well beyond Rafael Devers’ two hits, including a solo shot and a brace from Christian Vázquez. The Red Sox have now lost back-to-back playoff games for the first time under Alex Cora (they were 5-0 after a loss).
Cody Stavenhagen: Momentum in baseball is a fickle thing. Two nights ago it looked like the Red Sox were about to head for an AL pennant. The Houston pitch was exhausted and Boston’s drive was hot. And now? Even since Jason Castro’s two strikes struck on Tuesday night, it’s been a complete role reversal. The Astros beat the Red Sox 17-1, making their way to two dominant wins and taxing the Boston relievers box. Now, Framber Valdez has turned a gem into eight innings, leaving Luis Garcia in line to start Game 6. The Astros return to Houston with the wind turned in their favor. But if we have learned something from this ALCS, let’s not stop right away …
Zack Meisel: Houston’s points have scored every game of these playoffs: 6, 9, 6, 10, 5, 5, 3, 9, 9. After spending some time in the lab, splitting a few atoms, and running a few sims, I discovered that the best way for the Red Sox to push this series into a Game 7 is… to score a bunch of points themselves. This Houston lineup is a machine. Boston’s offense performed well throughout the playoffs, at least until the last two days. It is not an impossible task. But there is simply no margin for error. (A lot of rocket science is going on here.) Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez did as well against the Astros as any pitcher in October, so the Red Sox have that going for them.
Jen McCaffrey: In a must-see Game 6 on Friday, the Red Sox will have their best pitcher in Nathan Eovaldi on the mound. Eovaldi has been a force for the Red Sox this playoff. The team is yet to lose a playoff game that it started since trading with Boston in 2018. Meanwhile, the Red Sox offense, which had been so good during the playoffs, must find a way out. a way to come back to life. The Red Sox have had their backs to the wall before, but it’s definitely a winning or coming game.
(Photo by Framber Valdez: Bob DeChiara / USA Today)