Jose Altuve, second baseman of the Houston Astros, celebrates with teammates after their win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Boston.

The ASTROS DEFEATED THE BOSTON Red Sox 5-0 with their starting pitching coming up big, carrying this team to their third World Series appearance in five years.

They clinched the American League Championship Series in their fifth straight appearance, the second team in baseball history to do that.

The 'Stros came on strong in the first inning with an Alex Bregman single to left field and Yordan Alvarez doubling to deep center field to drive in the first run of the game. Alvarez also tripled in the sixth inning and scored on a groundout. Kyle Tucker put the nail in the coffin with a three-run homer in the eighth inning.

But the story of Game 6 seemed to be all about Luis Garcia who stepped up big time in his second start against Boston. Garcia went 5.2 innings giving up only one hit, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Garica lasted one inning in his Game 2 start, giving up five earned runs, but he stepped up in a crucial Game 6 of the ALCS, and didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning.

The Astros starting pitching had been a big question mark coming into this series, but Framber Valdez had a  huge game five win, and Luis Garcia locked up game six.

Now, heading into the World Series, they have a little time to rest up and do it again.

Here’s What Happened in Game 5

The Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox 9-1 at Fenway Park.  With their ace Lance McCullers Jr., most likely out for the rest of the postseason with a forearm injury, the Astros had to lean heavy on the lefty Framber Valdez to carry the load.

In the ALCS, the Astros starting pitching hasn’t gone more than 4 innings, including Valdez who pitched 2.2 innings in game 1. But in Game 5, he came up huge with a strong 8 innings pitched, 3 hits, 1 run, and 5 strikeouts.

The Astros couldn’t afford to rely on the bullpen like they did in Game 4. But, Jordan Alverez’s homer to left field in the 2nd inning gave them the 1-0 lead.

The offense woke up in the 6th inning driving in 5 runs with a double from Alverez, a double from Yuli Gurriel, and a single from Jose Siri. The Astros added 3 more runs throughout the game to start sealing the fate of the Red Sox.

The ‘Stros strong bullpen has shown out this series due to the starting pitchers. Valdez gave them a most needed day off, and Ryne Stanek finished the game in the 9th inning to close the deal.

And to celebrate their American League championship, the Astros store is holding a 24-hour event that includes free coffee, live mural painting and music.

The Astros Team Store, 501 Crawford St. Hours, Friday night through Saturday night at 11p.m. For more information call 713-259-8077.

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