Astros rout Red Sox, command 2-0 lead in ALDS

by Leon Thompson October 9, 2017, 0:24
Astros rout Red Sox, command 2-0 lead in ALDS

Correa bashed a two-run homer in the first inning and drilled a two-out, two-run double in the sixth as Houston rolled to a second consecutive 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday at Minute Maid Park in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

The former Monarch makes his 17th MLB postseason start Thursday in the American League Division Series - but his first wearing a Houston Astros uniform. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk over five innings in a 12-2 win at Boston his last regular season start.

Chris Sale has given up back-to-back home runs to Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve as the Astros jump out to the quick 2-0 lead.

It will be all hands on deck for Game 3 against the Astros on Sunday as the Red Sox look to avoid a second straight ALDS sweep - and that means Chris Sale in the bullpen.

The stakes: The Red Sox entered the season with a super-rotation of Chris Sale, David Price and 2016 Cy Young victor Rick Porcello, so, of course, with their season on the line, they turn to a starter they claimed on waivers in June.

Starting pitchers for Game 3 include right handed pitcher Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00 ERA, 161K) on the mound for the Astros while Doug Fister (RHP, 5-9, 488 ERA, 83K) has the start for the Red Sox. Farrell's Red Sox won the AL East the past two seasons, but previous year lost eight of their final nine games then were swept three games in the ALDS by the Indians, the team giving Girardi so many problems. Should Boston's series against Houston go four games, the Red Sox would likely call on Sale again and hope for better results.

Altuve went 10-for-24 with one blast against the Red Sox in the regular season on the way to a career-high.346 overall batting average, a.410 on-base percentage, 24 homers and 81 RBIs.

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Keuchel last pitched September 26 but threw a simulated three-inning game Sunday in Boston.

Currently, there are still a lot of tickets available for Game 4 on Monday (Oct. 9) as well. Following his exit, Houston tacked on four runs in the sixth.

The last person to hit three home runs in one post-season game was Pablo Sandoval, who did it during the 2012 World Series. In all honesty, it's hard to argue that the Cleveland Indians aren't still the team to beat in the AL, especially after coming back from an 8-3 deficit to take Game 2 of their series against the Yankees, a game in which their ace (and quite possibly this year's Cy Young winner) Corey Kluber lasted just 2.2 frames. Hitters can capitalize on flat sliders and elevated fastballs, as the Astros did in Game 1.

"We got to win another game, we got to continue to play like we've been playing the first two games", said catcher Brian McCann.

For his part, Farrell said Saturday he fully expects his Red Sox to play with a pulse after two pathetic performances.

Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and the rookie angrily snatched at his bat in frustration.

"I don't know that you're going to pinpoint any one reason". The Yankees, who led the majors with 241 home runs this year, have connected six times in three games so far. The Boston Red Sox still need to win Game 3 to make this game possible, but the team does offer refunds for games that don't take place. The Astros have the slight advantage here with pitching as their starters have been on point all season long. They're now down 2-0 in a best-of-five ALDS against the Houston Astros.

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