Red Sox vs. Astros score

Heather Diaz
October 14, 2018

A huge strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton - whom the Red Sox did not allow to homer in the series - in the inning helped Kimbrel escape trouble, and the game ended on a great play from Eduardo Nunez at third base, plus a stretch from Steve Pearce at first base.

He limited the damage to two runs because he only allowed one hit - a two-run single by George Springer in the second with Joe Kelly warming when it looked like Sale might not record six outs. Brock (Holt), cycle, we want another one. "I think we were 108-win team for a reason and that's because everyone did what they needed to do throughout the year to get those wins and guys stepped up". This came after spending parts of three seasons with the Astros, with limited success. These teams are too good, and they have too much to play for.

Overall, the Sox have responded to the first-year manager, who replaced John Farrell after he was sacked after last year's first-round elimination. "Just trying to be smart with it, because I know it's there". He's ready to go, and he isn't holding anything back with a trip to the World Series on the line.

It will be the second straight year the Red Sox and Astros meet in the postseason - last year it was the ALDS - and the second straight year that aces Chris Sale will go against Justin Verlander in the opener.

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The obvious choice to get the ball for Saturday's Game 1, Verlander thrived on the opportunity and the challenge for the first World Series title of his long career. But I think the best thing that happened to him was going to the Tigers and becoming the player that he is. "And then I just - after that it was I thank God, gave me another opportunity and put me in a good situation with Detroit", Martinez said. He's the only pitcher in major league baseball history to make as many as 10 postseason starts and not win any of them. The Astros shrugged off that mistake and built themselves into a juggernaut, winning the World Series last fall and showing off their extraordinary depth in a division series sweep of the Cleveland Indians. The ace vs. ace matchup has made the over-under for Game 1 just seven runs. Who folds first? The Sox led the majors in runs per game in 2018 at 5.41 per game while the Astros had the lowest ERA at 3.11. But the relief corps also came through well enough to send the Red Sox past a fellow 100-win team in the Yankees. "He's feeling better", Cora said.

This one has the potential to be a classic pitcher's duel.

"It's a big difference to be able start at home against a good team", Holt said. Cora insisted that he had faith in Price, and he told the 2012 AL Cy Young victor as much after the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in the previous round.

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