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Morning Mound Visit: Astros and Atlanta advance to LCS

Astros thump White Sox; Freddie Freeman homers to lift Atlanta; Dodgers force Game 5

MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

William Metzger | Crawfish Boxes: For the fifth year in a row, the Astros are going to the ALCS. Houston beat Chicago 10-1 on Tuesday and will host Boston in the next round which begins Friday.

Kris Willis | Talking Chop: Atlanta prevailed in a back-and-forth Game 4 thanks to an eighth-inning homer from Freddie Freeman. With the Dodgers’ win, Atlanta will await the results of Game 5 on Thursday.

Eric Stephen | True Blue LA: The Dodgers beat the Giants behind Walker Buehler starting on short rest. Anthony DeSclafani couldn’t get out of the second inning, and the Giants had to use all but one of their relievers. Game 5 will be in San Francisco on Thursday.

Quick Hits

Carlos Correa delivered the killing blow with a two-run double.

Freddie Freeman launched a hanging slider from Josh Hader over the wall in left-center to eliminate the Brewers.

Mookie Betts effectively broke the game open with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.