Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora talks to the media prior to Game Four of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on October 19, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

The Red Sox were a single strike away from potentially putting themselves in a great position in their 2021 American League Championship Series with the Astros.

But the Astros took advantage of their break (and then some with a seven-run ninth inning), and the stage has been set for a gigantic Game 5 at Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon, as this best-of-seven has effectively become a best-of-three.

And that pivotal game will begin with Chris Sale on the hill as Alex Cora’s starter.

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