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Live updates from ALCS Game 5 between the Red Sox and Astros

Follow along for the latest news from Minute Maid Park.

Craig Kimbrel pitches in the ninth inning. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

After emerging victorious from a chaotic Game 4 Wednesday, the Red Sox can punch their ticket to the World Series by closing out the Houston Astros in Game 5 of their league championship series Thursday.

With Boston’s Game 1 starter Chris Sale unavailable due to a lingering stomach issue, the unpredictable David Price will face off against Astros ace Justin Verlander at Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m.

Here are the latest updates:

Ninth inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 1.

Bottom: Craig Kimbrel replaced Eovaldi on the mound. After Carlos Correa struck out swinging, Kimbrel walked Yuli Gurriel on four pitches. Marwin Gonzalez struck out looking, and Tony Kemp flied out to center to end the inning. The Red Sox punched their ticket to the World Series.


Top: Osuna retired the side in order.

Eighth inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 1.

Bottom: George Springer knocked a two-out base hit into center field to put a runner on first, but Altuve flied out to end the inning.

Top: Mitch Moreland struck out swinging to open the inning. Ian Kinsler ripped a shot to left field and beat the tag at second for a double. He advanced to third after Osuna threw a ball in the dirt that bounced off catcher Brian McCann’s chest protector, but was left stranded.

Seventh inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 1.

Bottom: Matt Barnes replaced Price on the mound. With two outs, Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo shot to be the Astros on the board. Barnes then walked Tony Kemp to put a runner on first. Game 3 starter Nathan Eovaldi replaced Barnes on the mound. Pinch-hitting for Tyler White, Josh Reddick flied out to end the inning.

Top: Roberto Osuna replaced Verlander on the mound and retired the side.

Sixth inning: Red Sox 4, Astros 0.

Bottom: Mookie Betts made a leaping grab at the wall for an out that was eerily similar to Game 4’s controversial fan interference. George Springer grounded out and Jose Altuve struck out swinging to end the inning.

Top: Mitch Moreland led off the inning with a double. Leftfielder Tony Kemp made a play on the ball at the wall, but he couldn’t hang on to make the catch. Ian Kinsler hit a right-field single that advanced Moreland to third, and Rafael Devers drove both runners home with a three-run blast to center field. Verlander retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Fifth inning: Red Sox 1, Astros 0.

Bottom: Price retired the side in order.


Top: J.D. Martinez hit a two-out ground ball into center field to reach base for the third time, but was left stranded.

Fourth inning: Red Sox 1, Astros 0.

Bottom: After Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa struck out, Yuli Gurriel ended a nine-pitch at-bat with a line drive off the left-field wall. Andrew Benintendi fumbled the ball, allowing Gurriel to easily make it to second. Marwin Gonzalez struck out to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 73.

Top: Verlander retired the side in order, including back-to-back strikeouts of Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez.

Third inning: Red Sox 1, Astros 0.

Bottom: Price retired the side in order. His pitch count: 47.

Top: After Andrew Benintendi struck out looking, J.D. Martinez launched a solo homer to left field to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Xander Bogaerts flied out to left field, Mitch Moreland hit a soft liner over the glove of Marwin Gonzalez to reach first, and Ian Kinsler grounded out to end the inning.

Second inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0.

Bottom: Yuli Gurriel opened the inning with a hard-hit single to center field, but Price retired the next three batters to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 35.

Top: After Ian Kinsler reached on an error and Christian Vazquez singled, Jackie Bradley Jr. walked to load the bases, but Mookie Betts struck out swinging to end the inning.

First inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0.

Bottom: Red Sox starter David Price allowed a two-out single to Jose Altuve, but then struck out Carlos Correa looking to end the first.


Top: Astros starter Justin Verlander got two quick outs, then walked J.D. Martinez before inducing a fielder’s choice groundout from Xander Bogaerts.


Red Sox lineup: Mookie Betts BF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Mitch Moreland 1B, Ian Kinsler 2B, Rafael Devers 3B, Christian Vazquez C, and Jackie Bradley Jr. CF.

Moreland is back in the lineup at first base after tweaking his hamstring in Game 2 of the ALDS. Moreland, who replaces Steve Pearce, logged a plate appearance as a pinch hitter in each of Boston’s four games against Houston.

Astros lineup: Alex Bregman 3B, George Springer RF, Jose Altuve DH, Carlos Correa SS, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Marwin Gonzalez 2B, Tony Kemp LF, Martin Maldonado C, and Jake Marisnick CF.

Manager A.J. Hinch said Altuve, who noticeably hobbled around the bases in Game 4, “probably wouldn’t be on the lineup or wouldn’t be playing” under different circumstances. Altuve is still battling a nagging knee injury that landed him on the disabled list for the first time in his career in July.

“He’s hurt,” Hinch said. “He’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving us 100 percent of what he got. It should be commended and appreciated. … The production he is doing on one leg is pretty incredible.”