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He threw him two straight curves, the second of which was belt-high, and Springer lifted it over the right-field wall.

It's disappointing, sure, but it's not altogether surprising. And in terms of lineup, the disparity was clear, with Houston posting an AL-best team OPS of.823 and the Red Sox ranking 11th with a.736 mark. Just a week ago, he sat out two straight games versus Toronto due to his knee swelling again.

The Sox didn't do much in the sense of scoring, only able to score two runs in the entire game. In fact, the 8-2 final score was the exact same as the previous game.

Springer clubbed an opposite-field home run off Pomeranz leading off the third inning, the Astros' sixth homer of the series.

Altuve became the first Astros player to hit three homers in one game since 2007, when Carlos Lee did it in the regular season. Christian Vazquez went 2 for 3, while Mookie Betts and Chris Young each chipped in a double in the loss. Here's the latest Red Sox vs. Astros game preview including starting pitchers, matchup odds, game time, TV channel, and live streaming online viewer options. Marwin Gonzalez, who was on third base for Houston, acted as if he was breaking for home. There are a lot of emotions and nerves going into an ALDS game. He finished with an abysmal 12.60 ERA in Game 1. Boston acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox, which proved to be a big boost to them. Game 1 saw Houston win in a commanding way, with the final score 8-2. Twenty-three years, give or take a few, by his best estimation.

Encarnacion was on crutches and wearing a boot on his sprained right ankle Saturday, but manager Terry Francona said the designated hitter hadn't been ruled out of Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium.

For some more local flavor, look to the past three Red Sox teams to win it all. This ALDS opens up at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas with a start time of 4.08 p.m. ET. That's still the case as he enters Game 3 with a 4-1 career record and 1.78 ERA in eight postseason starts.

Pomeranz won four of six starts in September but did so, he said, with a little less velocity while working more with his two-seam fastball.

When the Kentucky Derby rolls around, nobody cares about how many races each thoroughbred has already run. When this happened it was a weird situation because normally a team wants to win a clinching game to win the division title however in this case the Red Sox relied on the a Blue Jays losing to win and they backed into the playoffs. With their talent, their payroll, their fan base and their own expectations, that just should not be the case.

Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.

Even though the Red Sox led their division for the majority of the season, it seemed as though there was a distinctly low level of excitement surrounding the team.

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.

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The Sox will get one more chance on Sunday.

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