The Astros ended up losing, 8-6, and trail the series, three games to one.
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Rafael Devers.
The Red Sox had a 2-0 lead at the time of the play.
But, ultimately, the umpire, Joe West, ruled it fan interference. If it was still on the near side of the wall, Betts had to be given his chance to catch it unmolested. On the very next offering, an 81 miles per hour curveball, Verlander surrendered a home run to Martinez, who sent the pitch over the left-field wall and off the Conoco Phillips sign to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Two rules are in play here.
Ticked at a critical play in a controversially classic Game 4 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, ticked at a blown call that helped define it and royally ticked that major league baseball doesn't have the proper mechanisms in plate to get it right. "And I would imagine the message would have been different from the Boston fans had it got reversed or the call gone in our favor". The replay officials may have considered the call a close one.
Instead of a homer, Altuve was ruled out.
After a controversial fan interference ruling in right field during Wednesday's Game 4 in Houston, Astros fans made sure to stay away from a deep fly ball hit to Mookie Betts in Game 5 of the ALCS. Had the out not been called, the Astros would have tied the game 2-2 on Jose Altuve's blast.
A fan interferes with Mookie Betts as he attempts to catch the ball.
Consider that narrative dead and buried as well as the Red Sox won for the third straight night on the Astros' home field and for the fifth time in five road games this postseason, a stretch in which they have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 40-13. It's hard to tell if Betts reached into the stands or the fans reached over the wall or if they met directly at the wall.
"That was a ball I could catch". I never touched his glove.
The mother-daughter duo said they, along with others in their section, tried to console the fan.
"As long as the Astros come back and win this we'll be all right", Caldwell said.
Caldwell was given a warning after the incident but was not ejected.
"I jumped and went over, reached my hand up, I felt like somebody was kind of pushing my glove out of the way or something", Betts said.
When Betts reached for the ball, he was met with a throng of hands of fans in the first row.