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Correa slugs Astros to rout of Red Sox in Game 2

09 October 2017, 12:24 | Susie Olson

Correa slugs Astros to rout of Red Sox in Game 2

Houston Astros relief pitcher Justin Verlander left and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman right cheer after Josh Reddick hit an RBI single in the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox

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

Sale, making his first career postseason start, was shaky throughout his five-plus innings of work. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back home runs off Sale in the bottom of the first to help their club to an early lead. Later in the game, he drills Reed's pitch and sends it to left field to score Jose Altuve from first and George Springer from second to bust open the lead to 7-1.

Altuve still went 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks and an RBI single that chased Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (0-1) in the third. The Red Sox were the better matchup for the Astros, so maybe it wasn't a awful thing that the team struggled in August. The veteran right-hander has been money ever since he arrived in H-Town, allowing just four runs in 34 regular season innings for the Astros down the stretch. Should Boston's series against Houston go four games, the Red Sox would likely call on Sale again and hope for better results.

Boston won the AL East Division by finishing two games ahead of the New York Yankees with a record of 93-69. He'll start Game 2 on Friday against CC Sabathia.

Bauer posted a 4.19 ERA in 2017, but he also went 17-9 thanks to going 8-1 with a 2.57 ERA over the last two months of the season. He gave up three home runs while registering six strikeouts in what was the first playoff outing of his eight-year major-league career. "I think we are all looking forward to getting on the field here in front of our home fans at Fenway, but as close as our team is, as much conversation that goes on daily, whether it's about what we're now involved in, what the challenge is that we're facing, this has been a close-knit team".

That starts with Bogaerts, who has led off the past two games and is 0 for 11. The sparkplug second baseman went 5-for-7 in the series' first two contests, with five runs scored and four RBI. Hitters can capitalize on flat sliders and elevated fastballs, as the Astros did in Game 1. "I think with the adrenaline, there will be something to it, whether he can harness it". Keuchel followed those up with three straight 3-up-3-down innings, allowing him to save his pitch count and stay in the game to finish with 96 total pitches.

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.

Now Boston turns to Doug Fister, who knows what's it like to be near elimination. For the second season in a row, it looks like the Red Sox pitchers can't even find the starting gate.

"We can only be ourselves", said Mookie Betts, Boston's star right fielder. Heading into the series, the pitcher that would start for the third game was up for debate among the media. It's nice to have playoff games during the day, but making the Astros play all five games during the day really makes it hard for Astros fans to watch the games, especially with all three of the games in Houston scheduled during the middle of the work day.

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