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Seventh inning: Astros 3, Red Sox 2
Above: Matt Barnes continued on the hill to Boston. Eduardo Nunez made a fantastic dive on a grounding by Josh Reddick, turned and fired first on the track. George Springer took a walk, followed by Barnes, who led José Altuve to strike. Alex Bregman left, but the decision of a Yuli Gurriel field player ended the threat.
Sixth inning: Astros 3, Red Sox 2
Bottom: Justin Verlander did a quick job of inning, JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Steve Pearce all to take a back seat.
Above: Joe Kelly returned to his second inning on the hill after referee judge James Hoye threw Red Sox Manager Alex Cora between the quarrels and strikes. Kelly hit Alex Bregman with a fast 100mph fastball, followed by an Eduardo Nunez mistake on Yuli Gurriel's Grounder, and put two runners on without outs. Tyler White promptly came out of the inning for the first time and Marwin Gonzalez extended the second goal.
Carlos Correa hit a single left to enter the third Astros round of the game. Matt Barnes entered the game for the Red Sox, replacing Kelly and introducing Martin Maldonado to an inning-end groundout.
Joe Kelly's line: 1⅔ IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 K.
Fifth inning: Astros 2, Red Sox 2
Bottom: Steve Pearce scored a full count fastball for Carlos Correa and left field for a single. Brock Holt was looking for the first place of the innings. Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. took two walks to load the bases. Mitch Moreland grabbed Sandy Leon and made another walk to win Pearce for Boston's first Run of the Night. Christian Vazquez came in to win Moreland.
Mookie Betts then reached the decision of a field player. Jackie Bradley Jr. tied the game and scored in a wild field by Justin Verlander. But Andrew Benintendi was caught looking for a third blow to end the threat.
Above: Joe Kelly came out of the Boston Bullpen and finished Chris Sale's night on the hill. Josh Reddick's pop-fly to the right field was caught by a sprinter Mookie Betts, followed by George Springer, who landed to Eduardo Nunez. Jose Altuve then came to Brock Holt to finish the inning.
Fourth inning: Astros 2, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Andrew Benintendi took Justin Verlander to a full count, but swung out. J.D. Martinez flew in the right field to Josh Reddick. Xander Bogaerts became the tenth Red Sox Batter in a row, retired by Verlander, and ended the inning with a first-base popout caught in foul territory.
Above: Chris Sale got Marwin Gonzalez to fly to Central Field to open the inning. Carlos Correa shot out 2-0, and Martin Maldonado's strikeout helped Sale to his own 1-2-3 inning.
Third inning: Astros 2, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Jackie Bradley Jr. flew to Centerfield on Justin Verlander's first field. Sandy Leon followed, grazing for the second out of the inning. Verlander completed another 1-2-3 inning and took a lead from Mookie Betts.
Above: Alex Bregman pulled a leadoff gear from Chris Sale. Yuli Gurriel emerged from the inning for the first time. Bregman was then thrown out for a second by Red Sox Catcher Sandy Leon, a decision that was confirmed after the review. The sale made Tyler White sit down.
Second inning: Astros 2, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Justin Verlander started the inning with Steve Pearce and Brock Holt. Eduardo Nunez was then transferred to Carlos Correa to finish the inning.
Above: Tyler White was caught looking for Chris Sale's third goal to open the second inning. Marwin Gonzalez promptly joined second baseman for the second from the inning. Carlos Correa pulled out a two-way run, and Sale beat Martin Maldonado at a fast muzzle speed of 96 mph to set up two runners. Another walk to Josh Reddick invited the bases.
George Springer honored Correa and Maldonado with a single third goal line. Jose Altuve was then involved in a field player's decision and dropped out of the team.
First inning: Red Sox 0, Astros 0
Bottom: Mookie Betts lined the second round of his lead at-bat in the right field for a single. Andrew Benintendi flew first in the left field. Betts advanced to second place by Astros starter Justin Verlander. After J.D. Martinez went for a walk, Xander Bogaerts landed in an inning-ending double play.
Above: Chris Sale began his night by going after George Springer after a full count. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman were retired at the choice of the field player (Bregmans was called after a review). Sale then knocked out Yuli Gurriel to end the threat.
■ Kevin Youkilis threw away first place.
The weather: It was about 50 degrees just before the first place. The temperatures are expected to sink well into the 40s.
LHP Chris Sale and RHP Justin Verlander are the starters. Peter Abraham wrote about the matchup and how both hurlers want to stay on the hill for as long as possible. "Obviously we both have very good bulls and big arms on both sides, but that's more, I think, the traditional way of playing the game and the way I want to play the game," Sale said Friday.
|RED SOX (108-54 regular season, 3-1 ALDS)||ASTROS (103-59 regular season, 3-0 ALDS)|
|Bed RF||Springer CF|
|Benintendi LF||Altuve 2B|
|Martinez DH||Bregman 3B|
|Bogaerts SS||Gürriel 1B|
|Pearce 1B||Gonzalez LF|
|Holt 2B||Correa SS|
|Nunez 3B||White DH|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Reddick RF|
|Leon C||Maldonado C|
|pitching: Sale (1-0, 2.84 postseason)||pitching: Verlander (1-0, 3.38 postseason)|
Noteworthy: Mitch Moreland is off the line-up for the third time in a row. Brock Holt is in the lineup, rather than Ian Kinsler. Against Verlanders, Holt is 3 out of 10 with two RBIs and two Walks, and Kinsler is 8 of 43 with two double legs, one RBI, nine strikeouts and six Walks.
■ Verlander led the Astros in victories (16), strikeouts (290) and innings (214) in the regular season and led starters in ERA (2.52). Against the Sox this season: 0-0 at a start, six hits and two earned runs on three hits over six innings. ALDS Achievement: In Game 1, Verlander became 5⅓ Innings, strike seven and go two of the 20 batters he faced, while only two runs on two hits abandoned. He threw 102 pitches, 70 for strikes.
■ Sales went 0-1 in a start against the Astros this season. He allowed four runs (one HR) in six hits and crossed six over six innings. Saturday night marks his third post-beginning, his second against the Astros. In Game 1 of last year's ALDS, he pitched five innings, scored seven runs (three homers) for nine hits, and scored six over five innings.
■ Further Notes: Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi are out of the bullpen tonight. The Astros won four out of seven games against the Sox in the regular season. Here's Abraham's full game preview.
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