Astros fall to Red Sox 7-5 in ALCS Game 2
HOUSTON – The Astros lost to the Red Sox 7-5 in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The series is tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Tuesday in Houston.
One night after Justin Verlander pitched Houston to a 7-2 victory in the series opener, Gerrit Cole was unable to duplicate the success of his fellow hard-throwing right-hander. The 28-year-old Cole allowed a season-high five runs and six hits -- all of them on fastballs -- in six innings.
Looking amped and jittery, Cole allowed his first run on his sixth pitch of the game. Mookie Betts drove his 3-1 pitch off the wall in center, and Andrew Benintendi followed with an RBI single.
After J.D. Martinez lined to second, Cole picked up Xander Bogaerts' bouncer in front of the mound and threw wildly to first for an error. The miscue helped set up Rafael Devers' RBI single.
Houston stormed back to tie the game on a two-run double by George Springer.
With two outs in the top of the third inning, Marwin Gonzalez launched a two-run blast over the Green Monster in left field to give the Astros a 4-2 lead.
Jackie Bradley Jr. put Boston ahead to stay with a three-run double off the Green Monster with two out in the third. Cole walked Devers on four pitches and struck out Ian Kinsler swinging before Bradley's big blow.
After Boston took its 5-4 lead, Cole struck out Christian Vazquez to end the inning and retired his next nine batters before he was lifted from just his third career start at Fenway.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Lance McCullers Jr. threw a wild pitch and Martin Maldonado had two passed balls, which allowed Boston to score a run and take a 6-4 lead.
Mookie Betts singled in a run off Hector Rondon in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the Red Sox lead to 7-4.
After a Springer double in the ninth, Altuve singled him home to make the score 7-5.
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