Astros lose Game 5, 4-1, to end World Series title defense

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Game 5 of the ALCS has been a pitchers' duel to start.

The Astros sent Game 1 starter Justin Verlander to the mound, who easily cruised through the first two innings.

But the Red Sox struck first in the third inning on a home run to left field by J.D. Martinez, giving Boston the early 1-0 lead.

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Astros' World Series title defense comes to close in Game 5

Hopes of a comeback continued to unravel in the sixth inning.

After hits from Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler, Red Sox outfielder Rafael Devers hit a 3-run homer to extend Boston's advantage to 4-0.

Houston eventually got on the board in the seventh inning after a solo home run by Marwin Gonzalez.

But at the end, Houston couldn't get any baserunners in, and the Boston Red Sox eliminate the Astros with a 4-1 final.
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