10:17 AM EDT, Fri October 20, 2017

Verlander, Houston beat Sale and Boston as aces come out of bullpen

BOSTON — Justin Verlander came out of the bullpen for the first time in his career, beating Chris Sale in an aces-turned-relievers role reversal Monday and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series by rallying past the Red Sox 5-4 and eliminating Boston in four games. “When we saw Verlander run to the ’pen we said, ‘Our horse is on the mound, we need to win this game,’” said Houston third baseman Alex Bregman, who homered off Sale to tie it in the eighth before Josh Reddick’s single gave the Astros the lead.

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