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Andrew Benintendi homered off relief pitcher Justin Verlander and the players went wild

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With one out in the bottom of the fifth of Monday's ALDS Game 4 presented by Doosan, an unexpected player came running out from the bullpen: Justin Verlander. 

That's right, Verlander -- who has 385 regular-season starts to his name with nary a relief appearance -- was being called from the 'pen to try and hold the Astros' 2-1 lead.

With a runner on first, Andrew Benintendi stepped to the plate. The numbers weren't in his favor, having gone just 1-for-10 against Verlander in his career with only a triple to his name. That didn't bother him. On Verlander's 2-2 slider, the Red Sox outfielder hammered the ball into the right-field seats to give Boston a 3-2 lead. 

Verlander couldn't believe it. He followed House of Pain's advice and jumped around in desperate hope that the ball would stay in play. 

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The fans were also jumping, but, you know, for a different reason: 

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Benintendi watched it go and then opted not for the giant bat flip, but for a stylish end-over-ender: 

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Rafael Devers was all smiles in the dugout: 

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And Dustin Pedroia lumbered out of the dugout to presumably shout "Laser show! Laser show! YEAH! That's a laser show!" 

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Verlander settled down after that, lasting 2 2/3 innings and not surrendering any more runs. That allowed the Astros to come back from Benintendi's dinger to clinch the series with a 5-4 final score.

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