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Monday, 09 October 2017 21:32

Red Sox Lose Decisive Game 4 to Astros, 5-4

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Chris Sale pitched 4.2 innings of relief in Boston's 5-4 loss on Monday. Chris Sale pitched 4.2 innings of relief in Boston's 5-4 loss on Monday. Boston Red Sox

Boston lost an exciting Game 4 in heartbreaking fashion as they were eliminated from the ALDS on Monday afternoon at the hands of the Houston Astros. 

And just like that, the Red Sox season came to an end after Chris Sale gave up a game-tying home run and game-winning RBI in the eighth as Boston dropped Game 4 to the Astros 5-4 and were eliminated from the ALDS for the second-consecutive year.

Rick Porcello got the ball to start the game after pitching an inning of relief in Game 1. He gave up a run in the first inning - but Xander Bogaerts, who had been hitless all series, came up big with a solo shot to right to tie the game at one.

The Astros took the one-run lead back in the second before the Sox threatened in the home half of the inning when they loaded the bases.

Both Jackie Bradley Jr. and Dustin Pedroia were called out on very questionable third-strike calls that brought Sox skipper John Farrell out of the dugout and into the face of the home plate umpire.

The arguing of strikes got the manager ejected and the inning ended as Boston failed to push any runs across the plate.

In the fifth with a runner on base and Houston ace Justin Verlander on the mound in relief for the first time in his career, Andrew Benintendi went deep with a two-run home run to right field to take a 3-2 lead.

The Sox had the one-run lead until the eighth inning when Sale gave up a solo shot to Bregman that went over the Green Monster before giving up an RBI single that allowed the Astros to take the lead.

Houston added another run in the ninth inning off Craig Kimbrel is what easily was his worst outing of 2017 to seal that 5-4 win and move on to the ALCS.  

Rafael Devers did make it interesting in the ninth when he hit an inside-the-park home run to bring the team within one run - but it wasn’t enough as Pedroia grounded out to end the game and the season.

Game MVP: Chris Sale: Despite giving up the two runs, he pitched 4.2 innings of relief and struck out six batters.

Honorable mention: Xander Bogaerts: He snapped his series hitless streak with a home run to tie the game at one.

Rafael Devers: He hit an inside-the-park-home run that lifted Red Sox Nation's spirits before the game ended.

Fun fact: The inside-the-park home run Devers hit was the first of its kind in Red Sox history.

If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Red Sox Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below and check us out on ITUNES as well!

 

Lauren Campbell

Lauren Campbell is a beat writer for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins at CLNS Radio. Currently, Lauren is also an account manager for Suburban Glass & Mirror.

Lauren studied at Framingham State University where she is a 2015 graduate with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism. She was the sports editor for the Universtiy's student newspaper, the Gatepost.

Before joining CLNS, Lauren interned at Comcast Sports Net New England, as well as the Medfield and Westwood Press newspapers.

Additionally, Lauren has been a freelance production assistant with MLB and NFL Network, and assisted in pre and post-game set up during the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. She has also worked for ESPN and MLB International.

Lauren has been a lifetime die-hard Red Sox fan and is a baseball enthusiast.

You can follow Lauren on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren

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