MLB: Astros blast off in a Game Four blowout over the White Sox to advance to the ALCS

Chicago, Illinois - The Houston Astros are moving on to the American League Championship Series after the White Sox proved no match for them in Chicago.

The Astros are on their way to the ALCS for the fifth-straight time after beating the White Sox on Tuesday.
The Astros are on their way to the ALCS for the fifth-straight time after beating the White Sox on Tuesday.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

The Astros dominated the White Sox, winning Tuesday’s game four of the 2021 ALDS 10-1 punching the ticket to their fifth-straight appearance in the ALCS.

Houston was almost merciless in quieting the crowd and shutting down Chicago’s season earlier than they expected.

From the third inning on, the Astros put up a steady dose of runs, overcoming a measly one-run "curb" to building a mountain themselves that the White Sox just couldn’t even bother to try climbing.

MLB: The Astros rout the Red Sox again and move just one win away from a spot in the World Series
MLB MLB: The Astros rout the Red Sox again and move just one win away from a spot in the World Series

The better team in this series clearly won the game.

The player spotlight

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a three-run home run in Houston's game four win over Chicago.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a three-run home run in Houston's game four win over Chicago.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

José Altuve (31) was once again an October hero for the Astros, contributing to the series-clinching win with a ninth-inning three-run home run before Chicago’s misery was finally over.

Often thought of as the biggest star of the team since their title run four years ago, Altuve’s shot sent White Sox fans home before their team had their last chance for an unlikely comeback.

The five-foot, six-inch 2017 World Series champ and former AL MVP finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and he also scored four times before his homer.

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MLB MLB: The Braves bounce back in game four to take a commanding NLCS lead over the Dodgers

He led his other teammates from that title team to combine for seven RBIs off of eight total hits.

It always seemed like Altuve was going to come around and have a big game sooner or later, after only getting just two hits in the previous three games of the series.

But he delivered in the end, putting the icing on the cake for the Astros.

The big picture

Rafael Devers was a rookie the last time the Red Sox faced the Astros in the postseason, during the 2017 ALCS.
Rafael Devers was a rookie the last time the Red Sox faced the Astros in the postseason, during the 2017 ALCS.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

There is no love lost between the Astros and their next opponents: the Boston Red Sox.

The last time they met was in 2017, but it’s noteworthy because of the controversial history during the Astros’ run to the World Series that year.

Boston was one of Houston’s victims during the Astros’ sign-stealing saga, so it’ll be interesting to see whether and how much the Red Sox still care about the past.

Game one of the ALCS is on Friday from Houston.

Cover photo: IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

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