WATCH: Jason Castro Makes Crucial Clutch Play to Lead Houston Astros to Victory Over the Boston Red Sox

Published 10/20/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly (55) celebrates with catcher Jason Castro (18) after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


After suffering two heavy defeats at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, the Houston Astros made a strong statement in Game 4. Although both teams found themselves going scoreless for several innings, the latter stepped up in the final inning to tie the ALCS.

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Among their key players on the night featured Jason Castro, who made a game-changing play in the top of the ninth inning yesterday.

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Jason Castro scored crucial RBI in the clutch for the Houston Astros

Alex Bregman kicked off the scoring for the Astros, smashing a home run in the top of the first inning itself. However, the Red Sox responded in the same inning through Xander Bogaerts, who smashed a two-run home run to give them a 2-1 lead.

The scoreline stayed the same until the top of the eighth inning, where the Astros finally tied the game courtesy of a solo home run from José Altuve. From this point on, the AL West champions never looked back.

Castro, who returned to the Astros this season after five years, began their dominant hitting display in the ninth inning. Despite the Red Sox scoring two outs, the 34-year-old scored an RBI which gave the Astros a 3-2 lead.

During this year’s regular season, Castro scored a modest 22 runs and 21 RBI in 66 games. However, this hit could be his biggest this season, especially given the pressure that was on his shoulders. Michael Brantley added on to Castro’s RBI by driving in three more runs. This moved the Astros up 6-2, and they weren’t done just yet.

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

They added three more runs as Yordan Álvarez, Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker scored one RBI each. The game ended with the same scoreline as the end of the top of the ninth inning, which read 9-2.

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Game 5 of the ALCS to take place later today

With the series perfectly balanced, Game 5 will prove to be crucial in their bids to make the World Series. Not only is it the last game at Boston in this year’s ALCS, but the loser will find themselves in a do-or-die situation in Game 6.

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

Will the Astros take a critical 3-2 lead to Houston after today’s game? Or will they find themselves under immense pressure in front of their fans at the Minute Maid Park?

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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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