Astros Beat Red Sox with Walkoff Win

Photo: Marie D. De Jesús/Staff Photographer

A battle of bullpen blowups belonged to Houston.

The Astros bullpen appeared infallible, entering this premier series with two game-finishing relievers on record streaks. Suddenly, it wasn’t, a dismal departure from the script upon which Houston has ascended to the top of the American League West.

Boston’s relievers were more worrisome. A closer by committee is unable to duplicate the dominance of Craig Kimbrel, who still lingers in free agency.

The Red Sox frustration was manifested. Matt Barnes did not record an out in the ninth inning, ceding a Carlos Correa walkoff single that lifted the Astros to a 4-3 series-clinching win after Roberto Osuna nearly gave it away.

Aledmys Díaz demolished a double on Barnes’ second pitch. Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley coaxed consecutive walks to allow Correa to the plate with the bases loaded.

He lofted an opposite-field single just inside the first-base line, setting off a muted celebration while Díaz jogged home and Osuna took a sigh of relief.

SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Chandler Rome