BOSTON (CBS/AP) – There was plenty of reason for the Red Sox to celebrate Thursday night, and not just clinching a spot in the 2018 World Series.

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Thursday also marked manager Alex Cora’s 43rd birthday. Because Boston’s dramatic Game 4 win happened after midnight, the team’s series clinching Game 5 win was technically the second win to happen on Cora’s birthday.

Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the William Harridge Trophy after defeating the Houston Astros 4-1 in Game Five of the American League Championship Series to advance to the 2018 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

“The last out yesterday was like around 12:10. So we won two on my birthday. I’ll take it. I’ll take it,” Cora said.

Before the team popped champagne in the clubhouse, they serenaded Cora with a festive version of “happy birthday.” A smiling Cora responded with a tip of the cap to his players.

With Thursday’s victory, Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to lead his team to the World Series.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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