Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox: ALDS Game 2: Longball Rock

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Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox: ALDS Game 2: Longball Rock

The Red Sox played their first game of a 5 game series against the very risky Houston Astros.

In Game 1, it was Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve going back-to-back in the first inning to set the tone.

Sale, who made his postseason debut after seven years of missing out with the Chicago White Sox, seemed trapped in a bad dream. Houston plated four runs in the frame to double its output, end the suspense, and seize control of the series.

Earlier in the season in mid-June, Boston went on the road to Houston and claimed the series 2-1 at Minute Maid Park.

CHRIS SALE: Sale is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and he's been the chief cog of the Red Sox rotation for the entire season.

In the win which clinched the AL East, Pomeranz threw six innings of shutout ball, before allowing a single in the seventh that finally came around to score. He proved on Friday that he can be just as dominant in the postseason as he is in the regular season though.

Evan Gattis and Josh Reddick get on 1st and 2nd, then Marwin Gonzalez doubles to bring both of them home as the Astros re-take the lead, 4-2.

Game 3 is Sunday at Fenway Park. Drew Pomeranz (0-1) lasted just two innings after he yielded four runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout while Bradley drove in two runs for the Red Sox. When this happened it was a weird situation because normally a team wants to win a clinching game to win the division title however in this case the Red Sox relied on the a Blue Jays losing to win and they backed into the playoffs.

After his disastrous playoff performance in Houston Thursday, Chris Sale got roughed up by the internet thanks to some quick-editing Wikipedia fans.

That strategy paid dividends when Boston left-hander David Price induced Correa to pop out with George Springer on second base and Altuve on first to end the fourth inning.

"It's tough to be down, period", Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. After what we've seen through two afternoons of baseball in downtown Houston, it feels safe to say they're at their best right now. If the Red Sox are to advance in the postseason, he must constantly manage his starters well. "But these guys that are elite, these guys that are special, they find a way to settle in and be themselves". Correa opened up the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and Springer followed with a solo home run in the third. Are you going to let them do that to you too? Four of the extra-base hits came with two strikes, a career high and a stark contrast from the regular season, when he gave up more than one two-strike extra-base hit in only one start.

EDUARDO NUNEZ: Nunez was literally carried off of the field in the first inning after aggravating a right knee injury that had caused him to miss all but one of Boston's last 20 games of the season.

"I hope it makes him nervous as can be and he's a mess", Manager A.J. Hinch said, to laughs, before the game. They were outscored 11-4 in those two games, returning home to lose a tight Game 3 by a score of 4-3.

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