Astros’ Valdez goes 8, beats Red Sox 9-1 for 3-2 ALCS lead

Royals beat slumping Astros 6-5

By JIMMY GOLEN

BOSTON (AP) — Framber Valdez gave the Houston Astros the start they were looking for. The Astros lefty was perfect through four, took a two-hit shutout into the seventh and became the first pitcher in the 2021 postseason to finish eight innings on Wednesday. That helped Houston beat Boston 9-1 in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. The Astros are one win from a second straight trip to the World Series. Yordan Alvarez had three hits and three RBIs for the Astros. They can clinch their third pennant in five years with a victory in Game 6 at home on Friday night.

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