Boston Red Sox: David Price dominates in wasted bullpen effort

Boston Red Sox: David Price dominates in wasted bullpen effort

Boston Red Sox: David Price dominates in wasted bullpen effort

I bet checking the stats they both saw they were 0-4 in Game 1 and didn't take that in very well, so they took their anger out on the baseball and joined in on the beatdown of the Boston Red Sox in Game 2.

The Indians can ensure a second straight ALCS appearance by taking Game 3. "You don't win the series with two wins - you win it with three". Things are different now. The good news is that Sale will be available to start a potential Game 5, and maybe in relief for a potential Game 4-and he will know what to expect.

Altuve hit a pair of home runs off the Red Sox ace as Houston pouned the Red Sox 8-2 in the ALDS opener. Down the stretch, he emerged as the most consistent pitcher on the Red Sox staff. In eight postseason starts (seven with the Tigers, one with Washington), Fister is 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA.

Buoyed by chants of "MVP" in each trip to the plate, the 5-foot-6 Altuve hit solo homers in the first and fifth innings off Sale. And so was the Red Sox' season.

Back on its home field, Boston will try to stick around for at least another game, this time pinning its hopes with right hander Doug Fister, a June waiver signing who became a regular in the starting rotation only because of injuries. Christian Vazquez went 2 for 3, while Mookie Betts and Chris Young each chipped in a double in the loss. He hit.315 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI in just 109 games and is a key member of the Astros' lineup.

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. The Yankees took a three-games-to-none lead in the series with a win in that game, but fell victim to David Ortiz, Johnny Damon and a bloody sock, losing the series in seven games.

But during that time, Houston starter Dallas Keuchel was in the process of sending 13 consecutive Red Sox batters back to the dugout.

The Red Sox have not seen Keuchel this season, since the Astros held him out of the season-ending series in Boston.

Keuchel, who will start opposite Red Sox lefthander Drew Pomeranz, will be making his second Division Series start and third postseason start. Boston failed to get a runner on base from the time there was one out in the second until there were two outs in the sixth. And speaking of third homers, Altuve would hit his third homer of the game in the seventh inning off reliever Austin Maddox, becoming the ninth player in postseason history to hit three homers in a game. In his career, Peacock is 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Boston.

In his last start, Fister faced the Astros on September 29 at Fenway.

Jose Altuve hit three home runs off the Red Sox on Thursday night (Oct. 5), leading the Astros a quick 1-0 lead in the series.

MARWIN GONZALEZ: Gonzalez started in left field for the Astros Thursday.

The current Astros are hitting a collective.313 against Fister.

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