Astros shut out Red Sox to clinch 3rd AL pennant in 5 years


The Houston Astros are back on top of the American League.

Houston clinched its third American League pennant in the last five seasons with a 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

It was a dominant performance from the Astros, who took control of the series in Boston and never let go. Rookie right-hander Luis Garcia took a no-hitter into the sixth inning; Yordan Alvarez continued his remarkable run by going 4-for-4 with a pair of extra-base hits and two runs scored.

The Astros outscored the Red Sox 23-3 over the final three games of the ALCS. Their 27 runs with two outs are a new single playoff series record, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com.

Houston will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Atlanta Braves in the World Series. Atlanta holds a 3-2 lead in the NLCS, with Game 6 taking place Saturday at Truist Park.

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