Ian Kinsler and Red Sox advance to World Series, Bregman's Astros out

Ian Kinsler and Red Sox advance to World Series, Bregman's Astros out

Belichick's assessment of the Red Sox was spot on.

"I don't know, I didn't look at all", Sale said. Boston won Thursday's game, 4-1, behind David Price. "It's just devasting to lose when we know what kind of team we have".

Sale will now start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday in Boston. The Red Sox open the Fall Classic on Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the victor of Saturday's Game 7 of the NLCS between the Brewers and Dodgers.

Now the Astros are hurting even worse, done after losing four straight to the Red Sox to end their bid to repeat as champions.

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

In the division series against the Yankees, facing deadly hitters like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and the rest of those Murderers' Row 2.0 guys, the weakness of the Boston bullpen was my biggest fear.

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit an early homer off Verlander, and Price made the lead stand up into the late innings.

The Red Sox won their second World Series in four years by sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2007.

In the World Series, with everything on the line, you have to get your best players on the field. "But it's one of the things where I'm past it, and I'm here because of my struggles and because of my pain that I went through there", he said.

Boston ended an 86-year championship drought in 2004.

Houston's lone run came in the seventh on a two-out solo home run to left by Gonzalez.

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. "We have an opportunity to win the last game of the year, and that's about as exciting as it gets". In four save situations, two against NY and two against Houston, Kimbrel allowed runs in each of them. Mitch Moreland lifted a towering fly to left that a leaping Tony Kemp couldn't catch in front of the Crawford Boxes, a double that had just a four percent hit probability off the bat.

The Red Sox dugout erupted with high fives and cheers as Devers rounded the bases while most of the stadium barring a sprinkling of Red Sox fans sat in stunned silence.

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