With Friday’s victory, led by cleanup hitter Yordan Alvarez, who went 4-for-4, the Astros won the American League Championship Series four games to two.
On Friday, the Astros took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Alvarez doubled off the heel of Red Sox centerfielder Kiki Hernandez’s glove with two outs. Alex Bregman scored easily from first base.
Alvarez led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple and scored to make it 2-0 Houston when Kyle Tucker grounded into a double play.
The Red Sox had runners at first and third with just one out in the top of the seventh but didn’t score because Astros pitcher Kendall Graveman stuck out Travis Shaw and catcher Martin Maldonado threw out Alex Verdugo trying to steal second.
Tucker put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Astros will face the Atlanta Braves or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first game of this year’s World Series on Tuesday.
The team with the best record during the season will host Games 1 and 2 (and Games 6 and 7, if necessary). The Astros won more games than the Braves but fewer than the Dodgers.
The Braves lead the National League Championship Series three games to two and can close out the Dodgers on Saturday in Game 6 at Atlanta.