Astros 5, Red Sox 4: With Justin Verlander in Relief, Astros Oust Red Sox in A.L.D.S.

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Alex Bregman, left, with Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis after hitting a game-tying home run in the eighth inning on Monday.

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Charles Krupa/Associated Press

BOSTON — Justin Verlander outpitched Chris Sale in a relief role-reversal for the two aces, and the Houston Astros advanced to their first American League Championship Series, rallying past the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, Monday in Game 4 of their division series.

Houston will open the A.L.C.S. on Friday, either at Cleveland or at home against the Yankees. The Indians held a 2-1 edge going into Game 4 of the A.L. division series on Monday night.

With Verlander and Sale — the Game 1 starters — both pressed into relief, the Astros prevailed to win the A.L.D.S. by three games to one.

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Justin Verlander coming on in relief during the fifth inning. He allowed just one hit and earned the win.

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Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Alex Bregman homered off Sale to tie it in the eighth, and Josh Reddick hit a run-scoring single off closer Craig Kimbrel later in the inning.

The Astros last reached the league championship series in 2005 as a National League team, and were swept in the World Series by the White Sox.

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