Sox Hammer Astros, Stay Alive In LDS
6-Run Seventh Puts Sweep Out Of Reach

Reddick flubs fly into homer
(c) Karen Wilson, Houston Chronicle
Like the first two games of the A.L.D.S., the Astros' day started with a first inning home run (this one from Carlos Correa). But that 3-0 lead dissolved quickly as Brad Peacock could not get out of the third inning. For a time, it looked like a middle relief duel was developing between Lance McCullers and David Price but Boston exploded for six runs in the seventh inning to wrap up a 10-3 verdict and keep alive in the best-of-five series. Houston still leads the series, two games to one.

Ex-Astro Doug Fister got a quick hook after allowing singles to George Springer and Josh Reddick followed by a two-run shot from Correa. But it was all downhill from there.

The BoSox scrapped back quickly and took the lead when Rafael Devers drilled a two-run homer off Francisco Liriano in the third. From there, both sides had their chances but the Red Sox broke it open in the seventh.

McCullers allowed a walk and a hit before Chris Devenski allowed three hits (all scored) then Joe Musgrove took over. With one out, Jackie Bradley, Jr. hooked a fly down into the right field corner just inside the foul pole. Reddick raced over and appeared capable of catching the ball while bracing himself for the collision with the fence. Instead, the ball popped in and out of Reddick's glove and hopped into the stands for a three-run homer to put the game out of reach.

The Astros managed 13 hits overall. Yuli Gurriel contributed four of them while Jose Altuve produced three singles. Hanley Ramirez was 4-for-4 for Boston with three RBIs while Mitch Moreland added three hits and scored three times.

The key, however, was Price who lasted four innings and threw 57 pitches, meaning he won't be available for Monday's Game Four (weather permitting). The Sox hope that Rick Porcello (11-17) will be able to recapture some of his Cy Young magic from a year ago. Porcello is also 0-3 lifetime in the postseason.

Charlie Morton (14-7) will get the starting nod for the Astros. He also lost his only postseason appearance while with the Pirates in 2013. The game's start time is not currently set - either 1:08 Central if the Yankees-Indians series is still going or 7:08 Central if it's over. Then again, the remnants of Hurricane Nate may interfere and the two clubs will have to get the game in as they can.

Either way, should the series reach a winner-take-all Game 5 back in Houston, expect to see all hands available to pitch.

- Bob Hulsey