Following rain issues that wiped out their scheduled game Monday, the Houston Astros came through in a big way Tuesday to beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1, win that series 3-1, and move on to the American League Championship Series. One key play there came from Jose Altuve’s ninth-inning three-run home run, which really sealed the deal:
Jose Altuve with a 3-run blast to make it 10-1 Astros over the White Sox in the 9th inning of Game 4.
The Astros are about to clinch an ALCS berth. pic.twitter.com/yAnyEDBjT5
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 12, 2021
On the day, the Astros got remarkable pitching performances from a wide range of players. Starter Lance McCullers Jr. went just four innings, allowing five hits, three walks, and one run (with five strikeouts), but relievers Yimi García, Phil Maton, Ryne Stanek, Kendall Graveman, and Ryan Pressly all didn’t allow a single run, with only Maton and Pressly even conceding hits (one apiece). Houston also got great batting performances from many players, including this two-run fourth-inning double from Alex Bregman:
Bregman is swingin' on 3-0 vs the White Sox! 👀
Astros lead 5-1! pic.twitter.com/7HZjFX4AWp
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 12, 2021
The Astros will now move on to the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, who advanced there with a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. Game one of the ALCS will be Friday.
[MLB.com; top celebration photo from Matt Marton/USA Today Sports]