The secret to solving Boston's offense? For Houston's pitchers, it all starts with "sisu."
Wednesday had another double-header of league championship series action, with the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves coming away with crucial victories.
After a lackluster start in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, Houston's Framber Valdez bounced back at Fenway Park on Wednesday, silencing the Red Sox bats in a Game 5 victory that put the Astros within one win of a World Series berth.
— Framber Valdez lost his perfect game in the fifth inning and then bounced the next pitch off the batter's leg.
All the latest information about the teams, storylines and highlights of the 2021 MLB postseason, from the start of October through the World Series.
Nathan Eovaldi thought he executed a pitch that got the Red Sox out of a ninth-inning jam. Umpire Laz Diaz did not. How long that's remembered in Boston depends on what happens next.
How the Dodgers and Astros found their stride and made their respective series more competitive
Jose Altuve started the Astros' comeback with a home run in the eighth, and Houston stunned the Red Sox with seven runs in the ninth to win Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.
Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox took issue with a ninth-inning ball-strike call that allowed the Astros to go on a run and win Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.
— Six outs from falling behind 3-1 in the AL Championship Series and facing elimination in Game 5 in Boston — where the Red Sox had yet to lose this postseason — the Houston Astros offense awakened.
After inducing a groundout by Carlos Correa, Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez pointed to his wrist in reference to the Astros player's Game 1 celebration. The gesture drew a rebuke from Boston manager Alex Cora, but Correa thought it was "kind of cool."
Grand slams by the Boston Red Sox during the regular season? Three. Grand slams by the Red Sox during the postseason? Three and counting.
A tale of two games. In Game 1, Houston Astros star Carlos Correa made sure Boston Red Sox pitcher Hansel Robles knew it was his time. In Game 3, Eduardo Rodriguez returned the gesture after getting Correa to ground out to end the top of the sixth inning.
— Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodríguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros:
The Astros are starting rookie Jose Siri in center field for Game 3 of their ALCS matchup against the Red Sox on Monday.
Astros rookie starter Luis Garcia said Sunday he's feeling better after leaving Game 2 with knee discomfort.
From Boston's two grand slams to Atlanta's walk-off win, Saturday's league championship series action was the latest display of October magic.
J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers hit grand slams in the first two innings of Saturday's ALCS Game 2, as the Red Sox became the first team in MLB history to record multiple grand slams in a postseason game.
Sidelined for the ALCS, Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. is heartbroken but trying to stay upbeat by helping the rest of his team in its matchup with the Red Sox.
Pitcher Luis Garcia started Game 2 of the ALCS for the Astros on Saturday but left in the second inning with a knee injury and Houston trailing 4-0 to the Red Sox in a game Boston eventually won.
Jose Urquidy will make his first start of this postseason when he takes the mound for the Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS. The Red Sox have yet to name a starter for Monday's game at Fenway Park.
Enrique Hernández continued his impressive postseason run and Astros manager Dusty Baker had nothing but praise for the Red Sox center fielder during an in-game interview.