It was a flawless 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora, who became the first skipper from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series.
In the ALCS specifically, the team with the higher batting average on the season has won seven of the last nine series.
The Red Sox had a 2-0 lead at the time of the play.
"We got four more wins. And for us to get to that point, to do what we did in the regular season, to do what we did against NY in the ALDS and to obviously beat the reigning champs, that was very special for all of us".
"Yeah, earlier we started the day with do we have too many cameras in the park", Hinch said, smiling.
It was the 14th pennant for the Red Sox, who are 8-4 in World Series appearances. And which teams are a must-back?
"They beat us. We ran out of wins", Astros manager AJ Hinch said.
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Houston was trying to become the first team since the 2000 New York Yankees to win back-to-back rings.
Price tossed six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and nine strikeouts in Game 5 Thursday.
"That's just a tough call right now", said Houston's George Springer, who later homered over that same wall.
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Many fans and commentators felt that Betts had indeed reached into the stands and was thus fair game. The World Series will begin at Fenway Park on October 23.
"It's a little sweeter, obviously", he said.
That was an Astros team that, mind you, decimated the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS, outscoring the 2016 AL champs 21-6 in a three-game sweep.
"The American League goes through us", said Houston's hurler at the club's West Palm Beach complex. Then, he saw the signal: he was out. Dombrowski was hired by Boston in 2015.
Bill James, the baseball statistician and a consultant for the Red Sox, said the call was correct: "The fan very clearly DID reach over the fence".
The winners of the series will play the victor of the National League Championship Series in baseball's World Series.
Boston ended an 86-year championship drought in 2004. He was starting a game on only three days' rest for the first time since 2008.
Price left with a 4-0 lead. Price had a career 5.42 postseason ERA and Kimbrel had allowed runs in all four appearances this postseason. "It's something you dream about as a kid, playing in the World Series and now we are". Their only run came on a home run by Marwin Gonzalez in the seventh off Matt Barnes.
"There was a lot of game left", he said.
They won Game 4, again rallying from a middle-innings deficit, and again fending off the offensive explosions that the Astros are capable of unleashing at any given moment.
"I normally don't get mad at the umpire's call". Upton tweeted. "If those are the rules Major League Baseball shouldn't let fans sit there".
It was his first scoreless outing in 12 postseason starts. If anything, his fastball was faster and his change-up had more bite than in his previous starts this month and perhaps the past few months as well.