Chris Sale gets shelled in first ever playoff start

Justin Verlander talks to the media before Thursday’s Game

After third baseman Alex Bregman homered in the first inning, Altuve made it back-to-back home runs for the home team, taking Red Sox ace Chris Sale deep to left center.

The Astros continued to get the better of Sale as Altuve hit his second home run of the game, extending the Astros' lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

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.

Altuve (3-for-4, three RBIs) became the first player in franchise history to homer three times in a postseason game, doing so twice off Sale (0-1). Carlos Correa (3-for-5) and Jake Marisnick (4-for-12, two homers) have caused plenty of trouble for Pomeranz, who is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 12 career games (seven starts) versus Houston.

The Houston Astros pay a visit to the Boston Red Sox in game three of the ALDS from Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon.

These two teams went head to head seven times through the season so far, and things were pretty even, with the Astros just getting their noses out in front, winning four of the seven games.

The Houston Astros had Dallas Kuechel on the rubber, who is an absolute monster at the Juicebox and the Red Sox has Drew Pomeranz going as they hoped he would shut down the Houston Astros lineup and send it to Boston tied.

Jose Altuve at the plate again for Houston, and good lord. he hits ANOTHER home run. He would throw two more shutout innings, giving Boston a chance to reverse their fortunes. If there is a Game Five, it is scheduled for 3:00 Central.

A two-out intentional walk to Altuve, the major league batting champion this season, led to a two-run double by Correa. Following his exit, Houston tacked on four runs in the sixth.

It was the first time a player has hit 3 homers in a playoff game since Pablo Sandoval for the Giants in the 2012 World Series opener vs. the Tigers. "We get to go out there and be kids and go play a game". Live television coverage of this game is on the #Fox Sports 1 channel around the United States. "To say that we need a team meeting, no, I don't believe that".

This is typically where an underdog team looks to its fans to help provide momentum, but the fans in Boston may not be as supportive as in past years.

By the way, Brad Peacock will be the starter for the Houston Astros. "So I just went to plan B and that was go extreme, extreme in with the cutter and slider and was able to get some early strikes, get ahead in the count, attack them and kind of put them back on their heels, and was fortunate enough to make an adjustment early enough before it was too late". They are young and don't have David Ortiz so it's going to be tough to win this best-of-five series.

The Stros matchup well with the Red Sox. It's the first career playoff start for Pomeranz, who held the Astros to one run in six innings in Boston's division-clinching victory last week.

Justin Verlander is still on the mound for Houston and he gets the Red Sox in order, 3 up and 3 down.

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