Astros rekindle memories of '04 Red Sox in ALCS

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Pedro GomezMLB


ESPN’s Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A’s home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.

SAN DIEGO — The 2020 Houston Astros, meet the 2004 Boston Red Sox. You two have much in common and could soon be the only members of an incredibly exclusive club.

With Friday’s 7-4 win, the Astros have joined those Red Sox as the only clubs in major league history to force a Game 7 after trailing a best-of-seven series by three games. Does history have room for a second club to fully overcome the daunting deficit? We will learn on Saturday, when Game 7, seemingly an impossible thought several days ago, will now take place.

Those Red Sox famously vanquished the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, accomplishing what often had been talked about but never had been done. There have been 38 times a club has taken a 3-0 series lead, and these are the only two times

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