Game one, it was Jose Altuve’s time to shine. Game two, it was Carlos Correa’s turn.
The Astros offense and the starting pitching did the job for the Astros in game two of the American League Division Series in an 8-2 victory.
Houston again got runs in the first inning. Carlos Correa connected with the eighth pitch from Drew Pomerantz, a no-doubt two-run shot into the Crawford Boxes.
The Red Sox would test Dallas Keuchel early but could only get one run across after getting a leadoff double from Chris Young.
The Astros would play add-on the third inning with a solo blast from George Springer and Altuve plated Bregman after a double in the left-center field gap.
Houston led 4-1 after three innings. Keuchel didn’t look his sharpest through the first three innings but he settled down retiring the Red Sox in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
He nearly finished the sixth inning but was lifted before Chris Devenski to face Chris Young, who was replaced by Mitch Moreland. Moreland was retired without a problem.
Devenski would keep the Red Sox off the board in the seventh inning and Luke Gregerson did the same in the eighth.
The Astros added four more runs in the sixth inning. Eduardo Rodriguez gave up a single to Marwin Gonzalez and hit Brian McCann with a pitch. After forceout and throwing error by Mookie Betts scored the Astros’ fifth run.
The key moment of the game came in the sixth. The Red Sox intentionally walking Altuve to get to Correa. Correa took a first-pitch slider and laced it down the line for a two-run double.
Evan Gattis followed with a single off the Crawford Boxes to score Correa and put Houston up 8-1.
Ken Giles would give up a run in the ninth but Houston leads the series 2-0 with the win.