Aching Astros miss chance to repeat after ALCS defeat

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Price pitched in Sale's place in Game 5 against Houston and won for the first time as a post-season starter.

The Red Sox took full command in the sixth.

The 108-win Red Sox will now open the World Series Tuesday night at Fenway Park against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers.

Watch full highlights from ALCS Game 5 between the Red Sox and Astros on CBS Sports HQ. The first came when he was a fresh-faced rookie out of Vanderbilt in 2008, and his previous outing covered a mere 14 pitches in relief. "Do I think the better baseball team won?"

But Price always insisted that he wanted to take the ball again, that his next start would be the one where he finally figured it out. Clutch in October by making all three of his hits in the series count in a major way.

Bradley Jr.'s monumental home runs deserve the attention, but fans also can't forget the three-run double in Game 2 that turned a two-run deficit into a one-run lead.

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit an early homer off Verlander, and Price made the lead stand up into the late innings. And in Game 1, my fears were justified as the bullpen almost blew a 5-0 lead. It's his teammates' fault for not backing him up - at all - at the plate. And before that, Martinez was a part of the Astros organization before they released him in March 2014.

The Astros are in win-or-go-home mode as their ace takes the hill. Altuve's potential two-run homer was wiped out. We'll decide about Game 2, 3, and 4. It's safe to say, he was feeling it.

The only real problem the Red Sox have had in this postseason is Craig Kimbrel, their normally dominant closer.

All nine of Bradley's RBI came with two outs. The team scored three runs or less eight times and four or less 11 times in 19 starts. His six swings and misses matched his lowest total of the year. Before the loss in Game 5, Verlander was 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last 5 starts (including postseason) against the Red Sox.

After Angel Hernandez's blown calls stole the spotlight in the ALDS, West stepped into the spotlight when he ruled Jose Altuve out on fan interference.

Devers, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has 12 RBIs in 10 postseason games.

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