The Houston Astros are going to the World Series after defeating the visiting Boston Red Sox 5-0 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday in Minute Maid Park.
Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez continued to rake by smacking a first-inning RBI double and scoring on a sixth-inning groundout after landing on third with a triple.
He added two singles to go 4-for-4 and now has eight hits in his last 10 at-bats.
Right fielder Kyle Tucker piled on with a three-run homer in the eighth to score Alvarez and shortstop Carlos Correa.
Astros starting pitcher Luis Garcia and four Houston relievers dominated on the mound, combining to strike out 10 Red Sox batters while allowing just four baserunners (two hits, two walks). Garcia didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning.
The Red Sox had their chances.
Center fielder Enrique Hernandez hit a two-out triple in the sixth to break up the no-hitter, but third baseman Rafael Devers popped out to end the threat.
One inning later, Boston put runners on the corners with one out, but Houston got a double play after pinch-hitter Travis Shaw struck out and catcher Martin Maldonado threw out left fielder Alex Verdugo trying to steal second.
Houston, which has now won three AL pennants in five years, took the best-of-seven series 4-2.
Astros SP Luis Garcia (Win): 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K
Astros DH Yordan Alvarez: 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI
Astros 3B Alex Bregman: 2-for-4, R
Astros RF Kyle Tucker: 1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
Red Sox SP Nathan Eovaldi (Loss): 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Houston now awaits the winner of the National League Championship Series between Atlanta Braves or Los Angeles Dodgers.
Atlanta leads L.A. three games to two and can clinch the NL pennant with a win in Game 6, which starts Saturday at 8:08 p.m. ET. If L.A. wins, Game 7 will go down Sunday at 7:38 p.m. in Atlanta.
Regardless of the outcome, the World Series will start on Saturday, October 26.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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