This Astros Fan Is Now Big Part of Playoffs, Accidentally

Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

With a 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, the Astros' bid to repeat as World Series champs is officially over.

Verlander is as close to ideal as it gets in the postseason, especially in elimination games, but he nearly had to be flawless for the Astros to win at home this season and he simply wasn't Thursday. It's the Red Sox's 14th pennant in franchise history. The 18 years without a repeat victor is the longest streak in MLB history and ties the longest ever for the four major North American team sports leagues. Houston trails Boston, 2-1, in the series.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he was "very happy" for pitcher David Price after his outstanding showing in Game 5 of the ALCS. Craig Kimbrel closed the door on the game despite walking three batters and allowing a run in his two innings of work. That was very, very special, absolutely.

It was his first scoreless outing in 12 postseason starts. But the playoffs are all about matchups and Price has always matched up well with the Astros.

After steamrolling the Cleveland Indians in a sweep in the division series, the Astros went out with little more than whimper.

Facing elimination, the Astros turned to their ace Justin Verlander.

The umpires ruled it a home run for Jeter, tying Game 1.

Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago.

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Three innings later and Boston went deep on Verlander again. Their only run came on a home run by Marwin Gonzalez in the seventh off Matt Barnes. It's safe to say, he was feeling it.

The Astros tied the game at 3 in the third.

Price had been 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA over 11 career postseason starts. "It's tough. That was two runs in the first inning that would have helped us a bit more". His six swings and misses matched his lowest total of the year.

The Red Sox will head back to the fall classic for the first time since 2013.

Crew chief Joe West, working the right-field line at Minute Maid Park, signaled fan interference after the Boston Red Sox outfielder was unable to make the grab and the ball ricocheted back onto the field.

Betts said he was "100 per cent positive" he would have caught the ball were it not for the fan. He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series. Game 1 at Fenway Park is on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and will be televised on Fox. As you'll see, it was a pretty reasonable try.

So who wins every playoff game?

Hopefully he picked a different place to sit tonight for the game.

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