An early disputed home run call, another late-inning home run from an unlikely source, a radio announcer falling out of his chair, a heart-stopping two-inning save from the closer aided by a spectacular catch....
And with an 8-6 win over the Astros, your Boston Red Sox find themselves just one win away from the World Series.
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The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Rafael Devers. The lead almost disappeared in a heartbeat in the bottom of the inning on a fly ball by Jose Altuve that appeared to be a two-run, game-tying homer but was ultimately called an out via fan interference when umpire Joe West ruled that a fan had made contact with the glove of Mookie Betts in the field of play (pictured).
Houston did manage to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second inning before an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts in the third gave Boston a 3-1 advantage.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello allowed two Houston runs in the bottom of the third, one on a George Springer home run, and another run in the fourth to give the Astros a 4-3 lead.
The teams traded runs in the fifth inning to make it 5-4 Houston but in the top of the sixth, Jackie Bradley Jr. launched a two-run blast to give Boston a 6-5 lead. For Bradley, it was his second home run of the postseason.
Brock Holt drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and J.D. Martinez singled home another run in the eighth to complete the Boston scoring.
Craig Kimbrel allowed a run in the eighth and walked the bases loaded in the ninth but was saved by a spectacular game-ending catch by Andrew Benintendi that resulted in Red Sox announcer Joe Castiglione literally falling out of his chair while making the call.
Porcello struggled through his four innings allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Kimbrel was similarly shaky - he walked three, hit a batter, and allowed two hits over his two innings of relief.
And if last night's antics weren't enough to send you to the liquor cabinet, consider that David Price is expected to go in Game 5 Thursday night. Fasten your seatbelts.
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