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Houston fans greet ALCS umps with hearty boos after fan-interference controversy

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HOUSTON - More like bum-pires, right?

The Houston Astros lost Game 4 of the ALCS in part because of a controversial call from umpiring crew chief Joe West that took an apparent home run away from Jose Altuve in the bottom of the first inning. The Astros themselves were livid about the call after their 8-6 loss, and their fans offered support before Thursday's Game 5 by lustily booing the umpires when they took the field.

The Wednesday night loss put the defending champion Astros within one game of elimination in the 2018 postseason.

During a media session prior to Game 5, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that his club had to move forward after the questionable and costly ruling, but that he appreciated that fans might still be fired up.

"I imagine fans are going to be passionate, as they should be," Hinch said. "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. I love fans for the emotions that they show.

"There's nothing more that you can do. From a functional standpoint inside this clubhouse, we've had to move long past that. I've had to answer questions about it. But it's time to move on. But fight the fight for the team you believe in."


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