CHICAGO – José Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman did it again.
Guided by their proven figures in October, the Houston Astros will contest the American League Championship Series for the fifth consecutive year.
Altuve of Venezuela hit a home run, scored four runs and stole a base, as Houston beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1 on Tuesday night, eliminated in the fourth game of the division series.
Both Correa and Bregman hit two-run doubles for the Astros to finish the series, a mission they couldn’t accomplish Sunday, when they fell 12-6.
On Tuesday, they did it with their usual good baseball formula. Michael Brantley had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.
On Friday, Altuve and company will play the first game of the Championship Series against their former bench coach Alex Cora, current manager of the Boston Red Sox, who eliminated Tampa Bay on Monday.
That first meeting will take place in Houston.