Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Chris Sale implodes in first career postseason start

Chris Sale implodes in first career postseason start

Recap our complete live updates and get all the stats you need in the provided box score. They beat the Red Sox 8-2 and gave Boston a 360-degree view of how their lineup can hurt teams in a bunch of different ways.

Will Harris takes over on the mound for the Astros. Houston's bullpen is one of the best in baseball, as Chris Devenski and Luke Gregorson shut down the Sox in the seventh and eighth innings. However, the Red Sox lefty and the offense struggled in an 8-2 defeat at Minute Maid Park.

Picking up today's win for the Astros was Chris Devenski who is now 7-3, while Ken Giles earned his 27th save of the season.

He writhed in pain and rolled on the ground after swinging at the first pitch from Astros starter Justin Verlander.

It was a awful day all around for the Red Sox.

On Thursday, Altuve's hits soared a combined 1,206 feet; the first two, off Sale, went over the fence in left center, and the last - off reliever Austin Maddox, as the fans chanted "M.V.P." - flew up by the train tracks high above left.

Biggest Question: Will the Yankees continue to swing hot bats in the postseason? He's a joke. The dude, he said he never hit three homers in a game in his life.

Boston's hitters have a combined lifetime.211 batting average against Verlander, grabbing three runs in five innings in their last appearance against him, an 11-3 victory against the Tigers on June 10.

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However, when Houston acquired right-hander Justin Verlander on August 31, Keuchel was forced to surrender his position fronting the rotation to the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award victor.

Chis Sale is pulled from the game.

The Sox already had a tremendous pen before Reed landed with the Sox via trade and Price transitioned to a relief role as Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Robby Scott and Brandon Workman had all been relatively dependable early in the year. Marwin Gonzalez provided the decisive runs in the fourth with a two-run double, and Brian McCann broke the game open with a clutch bases-loaded single in the sixth.

Houston hosts games one and two before the series shifts to Boston for games three (Sunday) and four (Monday). The offense is led by Mookie Betts, who scored 101 runs and knocked on 102 RBI while hitting a team-leading 24 homers. Tie ballgame at 2-2. Ramirez was then brought in to replace him. "Just got to be better". Ramirez was pinch-hitting for the injured Eduardo Nunez who had to be carried off the field following a non-contact injury in the 1st inning. To get there, they first have to defeat Boston.

President of baseball operations with the Red Sox Dave Dombrowski said recently that Pedroia's situation will have to be managed for the remainder of the second baseman's career. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back home runs off Sale in the bottom of the first to help their club to an early lead. Most recently, Houston won three of four games at Fenway Park to complete the regular season as it outscored the Red Sox by a count of 22-13. Leading the attack for the Astros was MVP candidate #Jose Altuve. Keuchel has gone 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA covering 23 outings.

How's that going to work out against the powerful Astros?

Here in Manchester, Comcast subscribers can watch the game on Channel 269.

When: 1 p.m. Pacific time, Thursday, Oct. 5.

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