Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez celebrates in the dugout after the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Boston.

2021 MLB Playoffs

Framber Valdez goes 8 innings as Astros beat Red Sox 9-1 for 3-2 ALCS lead

Posted on · The Astros lefty was perfect through four, took a two-hit shutout into the seventh and became the first pitcher in the 2021 postseason to finish eight innings on Wednesday.

Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel, center, celebrates his winning hit during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Astros In The Playoffs

When do the MLB playoffs start? Here’s the Houston Astros ALDS schedule

Posted on · The Astros clinched home-field advantage on Saturday and will play Games 1 and 2 at Minute Made Field on Thursday and Friday.

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