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However, Sale did struggle a bit towards the end of the season.

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. "We won't take anything for granted".

Pitching wise this series could get very intriguing. Becoming the 9th player in history to hit 3 home runs in a single postseason game. We have been executing a lot of different things. However, Nunez could participate in the World Series if Boston wins the pennant. In Game 2, the Astros would tally eight runs on 12 hits-this time only hitting three home runs.

By the way, Brad Peacock will be the starter for the Houston Astros. He limited Boston to two runs on six hits over six innings, notching his first postseason win since 2013 with the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Red Sox couldn't get anything started off Astros starter Justin Verlander. "We haven't played well yet, so we have to get back home and figure it out".

Houston outscored Boston 16-4 in the series' first two games - a pair of 8-2 victories - outclassing the Sox on the mound and especially at the plate. After getting out of that huge jam in the third, he did allow a couple of runners in the fourth, but one was on a bloop double and the other was an intentional walk. "And then when he doesn't do that, he hits the ball on the ground, and he's fast". "So we'll make a game plan based off of how the last start went and kind of adjust going into it".

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0) survived a 33-pitch second inning and pitched into the sixth, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

Let's hope the squad ends the series Sunday and gets the much deserved rest before going head to head against the victor of New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians, to which the Indians have taken an overpowering 2-0 lead with their 9-8 win in 13 innings last night. This may be the wrong time to tell Red Sox fans that Altuve hit.381 on the road with 15 of his 24 home runs.

John Farrell's job could be and should be, on the line.

After shutting down this Astros offense six days ago with a good mix of four-seam fastballs, sinkers and curves, Pomeranz forgot about his sinker and went with only four-seamers and curveballs in two-plus innings before he rightfully took a seat on the bench.

Nevertheless, the Astros are making noise, and if we're destined for a Houston-Cleveland ALCS, it should be one for the books. Following his exit, Houston tacked on four runs in the sixth.

Pedroia's presence in Boston lineup for Thursday's Game 1 was not always a sure thing. He had just a 4.88 ERA.

The Astros have some numbers against Fister. The All-Star second baseman, batting champion, and MVP candidate, followed a solo shot from Alex Bregman in the first inning to stake Houston to a 2-0 lead before adding a two-out shot off Sale in the fifth and a leadoff dinger against Red Sox right-handed reliever Austin Maddox in the seventh.