Altuve, Astros going back to ALCS after topping White Sox

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CHICAGO — It was Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman again. Led by their October-tested stars, the Houston Astros are going back to the AL Championship Series for the fifth straight year. Altuve hit a three-run homer, scored four times and stole a base, and Houston eliminated the Chicago
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CHICAGO — It was Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman again.

Led by their October-tested stars, the Houston Astros are going back to the AL Championship Series for the fifth straight year.

Altuve hit a three-run homer, scored four times and stole a base, and Houston eliminated the Chicago White Sox with a 10-1 victory in Game 4 of their AL Division Series on Tuesday.

Correa and Bregman had two-run doubles as the Astros bounced back from Sunday night's 12-6 loss with their usual relentless brand of baseball. Michael Brantley had three hits and two RBIs.

Next up for Altuve and company is Game 1 of the ALCS against former Astros bench coach Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox on Friday in Houston. The Red Sox eliminated Tampa Bay with a 6-5 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

"They know how to play the game," Altuve said of Boston. "They've been in the playoffs before, so it's going to be fun."

It'll be Houston's second ALCS under 72-year-old manager Dusty Baker, whose club got the best of 77-year-old Chicago skipper Tony La Russa. Baker replaced A.J. Hinch, who was fired in fallout from the Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scandal that also resulted in a one-year ban for Cora.

Gavin Sheets connected for Chicago, becoming the third rookie in franchise history to homer in a postseason game. But Carlos Rodón was knocked out in the third…
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