Boston Red Sox beat Houston Astros, take 2-1 lead in the ALCS, thanks to Kyle Schwarber's grand slam

Boston Red Sox beat Houston Astros, take 2-1 lead in the ALCS, thanks to Kyle Schwarber's grand slam ...

GAME RECAP FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Schwarber, Red Sox slam Astros 12-3, lead ALCS 2-1, red Soles thrash Astro 12-3.

Jimmy Golen | AP Sports Writer | By Jimmy G. Gollen

Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam Boston's third in two games - and the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros for the second consecutive time, winning 12-3 on Monday to take 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

Schwarber hit a second-inning 3-0 pitch 430 feet into the right field grandstand one game after J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers each cleared the bases. Boston is the first team with three slams in a postseason series.

Martinez and Devers each homered again, Christian Arroyo hit one, and Kik Hernndez had two more hits for Boston, which may advance to the World Series with victories at Fenway Park in Games 4 and 5 on Tuesday night and Wednesday. To send the game back to Houston, the Astros must win at least one game.

Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox starter, gave up five hits, including Kyle Tuckers three-run homer, and struck out seven. He retired Carlos Correa to end the sixth and walked off the mound tapping his wrist to clap back at the Astros shortstop, who used the same gesture after a tiebreaking homer in Game 1 to signal that it was Houstons time.

Things have changed.

The Red Sox had 11 hits in all, becoming the first team in major league history to reach double figures six consecutive times in a single postseason. Hernandez has 18 homers in the playoffs and is batting.500, both of which are tops of the majors.

Capitalizing on two Astros errors and the struggles of Houston starter Jos Urquidy, the Red Sox took a 9-0 lead for the second game in row.

Tucker made it 9-3 after retiring the first six batters. Rodriguez, who suffered COVID-related heart problems throughout last season, missed most of last year.

Nick Pivetta will be back in the lineup for Game 4 as he celebrates his 46th birthday. Rodriguezs effort allowed Red Sox manager Alex Cora to keep Nick pivette fresh for a Game 4. Urquidy allowed six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.

Hunter Renfroe, right fielder, closed the game with a diving catch on Correas liner.

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Jose Altuve struggled at the plate and on the field, much to the delight of the Fenway faithful, who ridiculed him with profane chants for his role in the Astros 2017 cheating scandal.

The three-time batting champion went 0 for 4 and let Arroyos chopper bounce off his chest for an error with the bases loaded in the second inning. Schwarber hit Bostons third grand slam in 11 innings, striking out one.

The Red Sox, which only had three grand slams in the regular season, matched the 1998 Atlanta team as the only team to hit three in a postseason. Boston has 20 homers this postseason, matching the 2004 Astros for the most in the first eight games of the playoffs, according to MLB.com.

Altuve also waved at a throw from Martn Maldonado on Hunter Renfroes stolen base in the third; the error was corrected by the catcher. The throw to third was also wild, but the Astros were saved by a second error when the ball missed the dugout and bounced off the padding back towards the field.

TRAINERS ROOM

Jake Meyers, who injured his left shoulder when he crashed into a wall in Game 4 of the Division Series, is doing well and may return as early as Tuesday, according to Manager Dusty Baker.

UP COMING SOON

Game 4 will be played on Tuesday night. The Red Sox are expected to rely on RHP Nick Pivetta, who was 9-8 with a 4.53 ERA in the regular season. Houston could rely on RHP Zack Greinke for help.

The Associated Press is reporting on The Washington Post's coverage of The New York Times' The Daily Beast.

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