Houston Astros Make Franchise History With Run Fest in the Clutch Against the Boston Red Sox

Published 10/20/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrates with first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) after scoring during the ninth inning of game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


The Houston Astros put in a strong performance in the final inning to beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS yesterday. Although the game looked like it would end with a tight scoreline, the AL West produced a stellar hitting performance to win the game 9-2.

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While this victory ensured they tied the series, the Astros also made franchise history with their final inning performance.

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Houston Astros score seven runs in the final inning of ALCS Game 4

Although the Astros scored the first run of Game 4, they trailed the Red Sox 2-1 after the first inning. Despite both teams going scoreless for the next six innings, the Astros kept their composure. In the top of the eight inning, they tied the game 2-2 as José Altuve smashed a massive home run.

Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) hits a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros kept this momentum going in the top of the ninth inning, where they scored seven runs to take the game by storm. These are the most they scored in any inning of a postseason game in their history.

Despite the Red Sox scoring two outs, relief pitcher Nathan Eovaldi failed to close out the inning. The AL West champions took the lead through Jason Castro, who made a base hit to score an RBI.

They then loaded all bases, with Michael Brantley stepping up to the plate. He smashed a pitch from relief pitcher Martín Pérez straight down the field, recording three RBI in the process to silence Fenway Park.

The Astros then had Yordan Álvarez, Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker record an RBI each to give them a 9-2 lead, which was also the final scoreline of the game.

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Can the Astros retake the series lead in Game 5?

Despite the Red Sox drubbing the Astros in the two games prior to yesterday, the latter let their perseverence shine through in Game 4. With eight of their nine runs coming in the last two innings, they displayed their immense ability to win in high-pressure situations.

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Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Jose Siri (26), left fielder Michael Brantley (23), and right fielder Kyle Tucker (30) celebrates after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Game 5 looks likely to see another close battle between the Astros and the Red Sox. Regardless of which team wins, one thing is for certain: the series will end in Houston, which could give the Astros an advantage.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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