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The Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, in their best-of-seven American League Championship Series. The Astros closed out the 2021 ALCS in Friday night's Game 6 shutout win, advancing to the World Series for the third time in five years. Boston held a 2-1 series lead after grand slams propelled the Red Sox to wins in Games 2 and 3, but Houston punched back with three straight wins to close the series, including two at Fenway Park.

The Astros secured a spot in their fifth straight ALCS by defeating the White Sox in the ALDS by a count of three games to one. As for the Red Sox, the prevailed over the arch-rival Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game and then upset the top-seed Rays in four games in the ALDS. This marked Boston's first appearance in the ALCS since 2018, when they won the World Series. 

Below, you'll find all you need to know about the ALCS:


Game 1 - Fri., Oct. 15

HOU 5, BOS 4

LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. LHP Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA)


Game 2 - Sat., Oct. 16

BOS 9, HOU 5

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.30 ERA)


Game 3 - Mon., Oct 18

BOS 12, HOU 3

LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (13-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. RHP José Urquidy (8-3, 3.62 ERA)


Game 4 - Tues., Oct. 19

HOU 9, BOS 2

RHP Nick Pivetta (9-8, 4.53 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (11-6, 4.16 ERA)


Game 5 - Wed., Oct. 20

HOU 9, BOS 1

LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. LHP Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA)


Game 6 - Fri., Oct. 22

HOU 5, BOS 0

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.48 ERA)


During the regular season, the Astros won five of seven head-to-head matchups with the Red Sox and outscored them by a margin of 42-25 in those games. 

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