Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – It wasn’t the exact same script as Thursday’s game, but it was a sequel that was just as good.
In game one the Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 8-2, and they did the exact same thing on Friday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in a best of three, five-game series.
“We’re ready to hit,” Jose Altuve said. “They have really good pitchers on the other side, but we’re ready to hit, I think that’s what’s been the key, we’ve been waiting for their mistake, and (we) put the ball in play.”
Chris Sale on Thursday found that out the hard way, and the Red Sox’s again saw Astros offense put guys on base and drive them home finishing Friday’s game with 12 hits, the only starter held hitless was Josh Reddick.
The Astros again struck quick in game two, and also with the long ball. This time instead of back to back solo home runs by Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve in the first inning, it was Carlos Correa with a laser off of lefty Drew Pomeranz, which landed in the Landry’s Crawford Boxes, driving in the potential league M-V-P who singled with two outs.
The Red Sox in danger of falling into a 0-2 heading back to Boston tried not to let the game get out of hand.
In the third inning, Pomeranz allowed a leadoff home run to George Springer and a double to Bregman, Red Sox manager John Farrell had seen enough, with the game 3-1, he went to the bullpen.
Carson Smith would come in and allow another run, and load the bases before getting Josh Reddick to lineout to third base. Farrell again would make a move, this time bringing in former Cy Young winner, David Price.
Price would keep the Astros from breaking the game wide open, getting the next two outs, keeping the score 4-1.
The Astros bats cooled with Price on the mound, in his 2.2 innings of work, the lefty only allowed one hit and one walk.
Once Price was pulled from the game, the offense got back to work.
In the sixth inning, the Astros would put four more runs on the scoreboard. Marwin Gonzalez started off the scoring in the sixth when Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts lost control of the baseball trying to keep him at third base, instead he scooted across the plate. Correa drove two more in with a double and Evan Gattis completed the scoring with a single.
“We got everybody healthy, playing hard, I don’t know what to say, but I feel really good about the way we’ve been playing,” Altuve said.
With the team again coming through offensively, they didn’t need a great game from Dallas Keuchel, but he gave it to them anyways, holding Red Sox to just three hits, three walks and one earned run over 5.2 innings of work.
The Astros lefty ran into some trouble early needing 48 pitches to get through two innings. Keuchel would rebound, closing out the rest of his outing strong sitting down 11 of his last 12 batters, a two-out walk to Hanley Ramirez would end his night.
Ken Giles the team’s normal closer would come in for the ninth, in an 8-1 game, and after two hits the Red Sox would grab their final run.
Correa held hitless on Thursday would pick up two hits, and four RBI’s, Springer who also was blanked during game one, collected two hits as well.
Altuve in game two stayed red hot grabbing two singles to start the game, after that, Farrell decided to intentionally walk him giving him two free passes.
In the fourth inning it worked in the Red Sox favor, as Correa popped out, but in the sixth inning, he’d score pretty much putting the game out of reach.
“He’s been dynamite,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said when asked about walking Altuve. “You pick your poison, he’s an extremely hot, extremely good hitter, felt like we were going to move on and go to the next guy.”
Now with the Astros up 2-0, they head to Boston for a chance to finish off the series on Sunday.