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.
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.