It was 1-0 in the Boston sixth when Mitch Moreland doubled on a ball that left fielder Tony Kemp nearly caught at the wall.
Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago.
But just like in the Yankees series, the bullpen guys came into the game and did their job, and the Red Sox hitters consistently delivered at the plate.
The Houston Astros entered the AL Championship Series aching.
Here are the winners and losers from Boston's ALCS victory over the Astros. But, no one answered the call bigger than Jackie Bradley Jr.
Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.
The ace right-hander had pitched 24 scoreless innings over his previous three starts with his team facing postseason elimination, and he came in 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five potential elimination games during his career.
After the terrible call in game four that robbed Altuve and the Astros of a two-run home run, fans didn't take any chances in game five.
If not for Osuna's complete collapse on the mound, the Astros could have attempted a comeback in the final two innings down only a run.
The Red Sox are going to the World Series. Both the Astros and Red Sox were outstanding road teams during the season and that carried over into the playoffs. But, to take out the defending World Series champs, Alex Cora and his 108-win team needed other players to step up.
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Brown and Tatum are rare young stars who get just as excited shutting their opponent down as they do scoring. One look at the landscape of the league and the firepower of this lineup makes the answer easy.
Those extra days off at home will give Sale even more time to rest up.
"That's awesome", Price said. Yuli Gurriel was the lone man to reach scoring position after a two-out double to left in the fourth, but Price struck out Marwin Gonzalez to escape the only thing vaguely resembling a jam that he faced.
Instead, he made one of the clutchest defensive plays in postseason history. The Astros were unable to do any damage against Red Sox pitching.
Joe West, the crew chief of the ALCS, has a lot of explaining to do.
They won 108 games this season and they displayed a very high-powered offense all year long, which made them appear nearly invincible on paper.
The BoSox just knocked the Houston Astros outta the playoffs with a 4-1 win to close out the ALCS last night. and celebrated their Fall Classic with champagne showers of epic proportions. Prominent umpires blowing critical calls on national television is becoming a recurring issue and Major League Baseball must address it this offseason.
The Red Sox were the best hitting team in a great hitting American League this year.
With the Astros trailing the Red Sox by two runs in the bottom of the first inning, Jose Altuve hit a ball that wound up over the wall in right field, tying the game. "I don't have to prepare myself for it in spring training on February 20 or September when I've still got five regular-season starts". It's hard to find a bigger victor than that.
Cole immediately put Houston behind with two runs allowed in the first inning.
There's just no excuse for this poor performance.