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Red Sox advance to World Series, defeat Astros 4-1

The Boston Red Sox advanced to the World Series, defeating the Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

David Price, whose postseason struggles have long been a talking point, delivered a solid performance for the Red Sox. The veteran left-hander went six shutout innings, striking out nine Astros.

J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3, and his solo home run got Boston on the board in the third inning. Rafael Devers made it a 4-0 lead in the sixth with a three-run homer.

Nathan Eovaldi has never pitched in a World Series, and Rick Porcello’s playoff starts with Boston have been a mixed bag. Most importantly, Chris Sale has a stomach illness that ruled him out of starting Game 5.

If the Red Sox can count on Price to repeat his performance, they’ll have one fewer question mark surrounding their starting rotation.

They now await the winner of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.

The Dodgers lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

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