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Marwin Gonzalez, who was on third base for Houston, acted as if he was breaking for home. He'd add another homer off of Sale in the fifth inning, giving the Astros a 5-2 cushion. All that Correa did on Friday was to go two-for-four, hitting a home run and a double, scoring twice and knocking in four of the Houston's eight runs. Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre and George Brett are some of the others to have done it, and all appear on another list: 3,000 hits.
The Red Sox were determined to not let All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve beat them like he did in the series opener. "Put them in a hole early", Sale said. He hit.315 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI in just 109 games and is a key member of the Astros' lineup. "I'm not saying he can hit the ball anywhere he wants to, but it looks like it sometimes".
Against the third batter he faced, Jose Altuve, Pomeranz threw a first-pitch curveball about a foot below the strike zone, a pitcher's pitch that the Red Sox need to make against the aggressive-but-dominant MVP candidate.
"That means things are in check and guys are pitching deep enough into a game to bridge to one another", Farrell said. Betts RF 5. Moreland 1B 6. The Red Sox were the better matchup for the Astros, so maybe it wasn't a bad thing that the team struggled in August.
After his third home run left the yard, Altuve took a well deserved curtain call, taking in the praise of the Houston fans. "It's a great feeling". He has the most recent postseason experience of the three.
"I know what I can do. As long as I got it and didn't miss it, I was going to be OK".
The former Monarch makes his 17th MLB postseason start Thursday in the American League Division Series - but his first wearing a Houston Astros uniform. Peacock has been the most consistent pitcher this season in whatever role he has been placed in. But the Astros presented an exceedingly rare challenge.
The Red Sox managed to pull a run back in the second, but it took video reply of Mitch Moreland crossing the plate before a tag out at 3rd base for the final out of the inning to confirm Boston had indeed scored.
It hasn't been an easy road in the postseason for the Red Sox, who lost Game 1 and Game 2 to the Houston Astros with a score of 8-2. But his command was disastrous.
"I came to the ballpark today mentally prepared for that situation", Correa said.
One effect of Sale's regular-season dominance, perhaps, is a tendency to be less sharp late in the year. He is 1-1 with an 8.53 ERA - three homers in 12 2/3 innings - at Fenway.
David Price has always had a stigma around him when it comes to the playoffs.
Manager A.J. Hinch said he's gotten exactly what he hoped to out of his young core. He allowed multiple home runs in five starts over the last two months, winning none of those games.
Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0) survived a 30-pitch second inning and pitched into the sixth, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Altuve has been far from the only standout member of the starting lineup, either.