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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox strike first as he turns on a 1-2 curveball left up in the zone from Justin Verlander and deposits into the Crawford boxes. That snaps a string of 26 consecutive scoreless innings in elimination games from Verlander.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

David Price works around a leadoff single in the second to retire the next three Astros hitters. After giving up early runs in his first two playoff starts, he's through two scoreless frames and 35 pitches.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Huge moment in Game 5. After Alex Bregman's throwing error gave the Red Sox an extra out, Boston loaded the bases with two down in the second. But Justin Verlander got Mookie Betts swinging on 98 mile-an-hour cheese. Including the playoffs, Betts is now hitting .091 lifetime (2-for-22) against Verlander.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston is giving new meaning to the term "grudge match." As the umpires strode out on the field to meet the managers at home plate before Game 5, the crowd at Minute Maid Park unleashed a resounding chorus of boos. Apparently, they haven't gotten over Joe West's fan interference call. For the record, West is stationed in left field tonight.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Cora says he feels "very" comfortable going to Ryan Brasier and Craig Kimbrel tonight if he has to. Brasier has pitched in all four games in the series while Kimbrel threw 35 pitches in Game 4.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Cora said Game 5 of last year's World Series — that 13-12 game when he was a coach with the Astros — prepared him for last night's game. He added that he felt something crazy was going to happen in the bottom of the ninth after Josh Reddick's great catch with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers will continue to start Austin Barnes behind the plate. "He's really catching well, he's having good at-bats," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "To still have Yasmani's bat off the bench is a plus with their bullpen. But I think right now, Austin makes sense."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Jose Altuve on his feelings toward the fan who interfered with his would-be homer: "What would you do as a fan? I would do the same. Trying to catch a ball. I don't have anything against him. He's another Astro fan who's rooting for us. I appreciate he was trying to help me."