As a result, Houston will have the opportunity to end Boston's season on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Astros went on to win 8-2.
The Astros took control early.
Speculation abounded, but really, it was likely as simple as the fan base tempering its excitement until the team proved it could win a playoff series. "You don't win the series with two wins - you win it with three".
It was just the 10th time a player hit three homers in a postseason game, and first since Pablo Sandoval for the Giants in the 2012 World Series opener against Detroit. Things are different now.
It's a group that has baffled Boston's pitchers thus far, but Fister said his experience in these situations has allowed him to avoid overthinking the moment now that he has the ball. The latter brought Arizona back into the game at 7-5 down, but the Dodgers tacked on another run in the bottom of the frame and Kenley Jansen pitched 1.2 innings to shut the game down.
Fantasy Impact Keuchel struck out seven and walked three.
Coming into this series, Doug Fister was the only pitcher on the Red Sox with a postseason victory. "The intensity of the baseball was exactly how it was at Minute Made in Game 1 and Game 2..." It was Rendon's first error since July 22; he made only seven in 145 regular-season games.
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This is Sale's first year with the Red Sox after being traded from the Chicago White Sox back in December. He drilled a ball opposite field off the right-center wall to score two runs, putting the Astros up 4-2.
Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and the high-powered Astros led the majors in runs, hits and batting average in the regular season.
"We waited him out and we took advantage of opportunities", Rizzo said. Houston leads the best-of-5 series 2-0 after winning 8-2 on Friday.
But unlike past year, when the Red Sox chalked up their postseason humiliation largely to the inexperience of their young core, it's more hard to overlook this time that they simply are inferior to the Houston Astros, an offensive juggernaut with better starting pitching. Sale struggled on Thursday, but he was able to keep the Red Sox in the game.
As you get ready for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros, I want you to know that we all believe in you.
These games have gone so miserably that Craig Kimbrel, the All-Star closer who strikes out almost half of all hitters, was reduced to mop-up duty on Friday, just to stay sharp. Following his exit, Houston tacked on four runs in the sixth. Nunez's knee gave way again in the first inning, and he had to be carried off the field by Farrell and a trainer, although it was the medical staff, not Farrell, that cleared Nunez to play. Fister carries a 1.38 WHIP with 83 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings.
A double by Alex Bregman set up an RBI single by Altuve later in the third, making it 4-1 and ending Pomeranz's first career postseason start after two relief appearances.
That starts with Bogaerts, who has led off the past two games and is 0 for 11.