The Red Sox season came to a heartbreaking end as Houston Astos third baseman Alex Bregman tied the game in the eighth inning with a solo home run and right fielder Josh Reddick gave the Astros the lead once and for all with an RBI single for the 5-4 Game 4 win.
This game had it all – between lead changes, a manager getting ejected and an inside-the-park home run, the only disappointing thing about this game was the outcome.
Red Sox pitcher 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 Boston shortstop 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 inning before the Sox threatened in the home half of the second when they loaded the bases.
Both center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and second baseman 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 inning with a runner on base and Houston ace Justin Verlander on the mound in relief for the first time in his career, left fielder Andrew Benintendi took him yard with a two-run home run to right field to take a 3-2 lead.
Boston had the one-run lead until the eighth inning when Sale gave up a bomb 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 Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, in what easily was his worst outing of 2017, to seal that 5-3 victory and move on to the ALCS.
Third baseman Rafael Devers did make it interesting in the ninth inning 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.
Fun fact: The inside-the-park home run Devers hit was the first of its kind in Red Sox history.