On Baseball: Elimination day? Red Sox need to find a way

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Ladies and gentlemen, this man is on pace to having one of the greatest postseasons ever by an Astro and for sure one of the greatest by a player in Major League Baseball history. He gave up seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs, and exited without recording an out in the sixth inning of a game Boston went on to lose 8-2. It seemed Sale had finally settled in, in the 4th with men on second and first with two outs. The Sox are picking a bad time to pull another vanishing act.

If there is any team that can come back from a deficit like the Red Sox are in, it is Boston. The Astros received a ideal top half of the seventh from Devenski including two strikeouts before Altuve gave the Astros another insurance run with his third solo home run of the game to make it 8-2 in the bottom half of the inning.

State of the series: The clubs play again Friday at Minute Maid Park, with Drew Pomeranz starting for the Red Sox against the Astros' Dallas Keuchel.

Correa drove home Springer and Altuve by lining the first pitch from Reed to left field and scored on the ensuing pitch when Evan Gattis followed with an RBI single.

The upstarts in 2013 saw Jon Lester toss 15 1/3 innings of one-run ball in the World Series, and when his team needed it most, John Lackey came alive.

Springer though had a solo shot off Pomeranz and at that point game the Astros a 3-1 lead. Carlos Correa finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two runs and four RBIs. The Astros winning this series would bring relief to the city of Houston as they recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston would add four runs in the sixth inning and cruise to the 8-2 win. 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.

"Sticking with our normal game plan", Fister said.

This is typically where an underdog team looks to its fans to help provide momentum, but the fans in Boston may not be as supportive as in past years. RHPs Brad Peacock and Charlie Morton outperformed McCullers as starters, thus McCullers could be used out of the bullpen.

"I don't think, roster-wise, we probably had the best team going into that postseason", Bogaerts said. The Yankees, who led the majors with 241 home runs this year, have connected six times in three games so far.

Now, the Red Sox have to wonder if he's really their best choice.

"We have got to do a little bit more consistent job", he said.

Game 2 of the ALDS featuring the Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros has a 2:05 p.m.

Justin Verlander is still on the mound for Houston and he gets the Red Sox in order, 3 up and 3 down.

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.

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