Price did not walk a batter, as he set a Red Sox record for most strikeouts in a clinching win in the Postseason. The left-hander overcame an 0-9 start to his Postseason career, while getting supported by home runs from J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers. Martinez's long ball was a solo shot in the first inning off of Justin Verlander, while Devers also connected off the Astros' ace for a three-run shot in the sixth inning.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was named the ALCS MVP after the game, as he went deep twice and drove in nine in the five-game series. That included a big three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. He helped the Red Sox remain unbeaten on the road this Postseason, as both of their clinchers have come away from home.
Price, who signed a $217 million deal with Boston, came in to play with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career Postseason starts with three different teams. He was warming up in the bullpen during the wild Game 4, which would've stopped him from getting this start, but he never entered the game. The Red Sox are now the first team with four straight road wins in the Postseason against 100-win teams since they did the same against the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals in 2004.
They will now await the winner of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. which the Dodgers lead, 3-2. Game 6 of that series is Friday night, as the World Series will begin on Tuesday night in Boston.