This is why we can't have nice things. The Houston Astros score five runs on two home runs. While the Boston Red Sox too used power, but speak out a few runs as well to keep the game close. In the end snatch the game away at the death in extras for a 6-5 victory in 11 innings. Thanks to David Ortiz's heroics in the nineth and 11th innings.
Carlos Correa got things started right on beautiful day in Boston. He crushed a Clay Buchholz pitch over the green monster and out of Fenway park to put the first run on the board.
The Red Sox in kind by continued Collin McHugh's struggles in the first innings. Boston loaded the bases with no outs in part because Jake Marisnick misjudged a Xander Bogaerts deep fly to right center that ended up as a ground-rule double -- scoring the first run for Boston. McHugh walked home Travis Shaw for a second run.
But McHugh worked out of the jame allowing just the two runs.
The mood quickly changed in the second inning from what appeared to be a long day looming, to a joyous Astros afternoon. George Springer picked the Astros' second grand slam off Buchholz this season, joining Colby Rasmus from the teams' last meeting.
Houston led 5-2 through 1 1/2 innings.
Ortiz started the Red Sox climb back with a solo home run in the third. Boston added another run in the fifth following Mookie Betts barely beating out a double play ground ball that would have ended the inning, instead it allowed Josh Rutledge to score.
Marwin Gonzalez appeared to have generated an all important padding run in the eight by leading off the inning with a double. He would move to third on a Luis Valbuena sacrifice bund. But would be caught attempting to race home on suicide squeeze play except Jason Castro didn't appear to be bunting at the time. My hope is Gonzalez wasn't attempting a delayed steal of home.
Pinch runner Carlos Gomez moved up two bases during the mess with Gonzalez allowing the Astros one more shot at getting a key run. But Castro walked and Jake Marisnick capped off his 1-for-5 day with a strikeout to end the inning.
It was about this time that David Ortiz took over. With a man on and two outs, Ortiz golfed a breaking ball down in the zone to dead center. Marisnick playing Ortiz to pull, sprinted back to his right but couldn't catch the ball -- allowing Xander Bogaerts to score and tie the game.
Luke Gregerson has now blow two of his last three save chances.
Marisnick attempted to redeem himself in the 11th inning, getting his one hit of the game -- a double with two outs. But an intentional walk to Jose Altuve and a George Springer pop out, the threat fell to the wayside.
Again setting the stage for David Ortiz, who rocked another pitch over the center fielder's head to allow Bogaerts to score the winning run.
From crush city to choke city again. Only thing left to do is sit in the corner and listen to Disturbed on a loop: