Astros wins ALCS game 12021 – MLB Sports

Houston-Missing a chance to attack early in the game was set to annoy the Astros. The shortened outing by starting pitcher Framber Valdez may have spelled fate. The costly defensive mistake by José Altuve was close to the inning.

None of them are important to the Astros, who got a big swing by Altuve and Carlos Correa (two of the most clutch performers in post-season history) to defeat the Red Sox 5-4 in Game 1 of the American League Championship. There wasn’t a series of Friday nights at Minute Maid Park.

Altuve closed the game with a two-run home run in the sixth inning (20th career playoff home run), and Correa opened Houston in the seventh inning with a two-out solo shot (18th career playoff home run). The Astros wiped out the early 3-1 deficit behind the superstar’s middle-in-field and the 61/3 scoreless innings from the bullpen.

In the current 2-3-2 format best 7 postseason series, the team that won Game 1 at home continues to win 62 out of 94 (66%) series. This does not include 2020, when the LCS and World Series took place at the neutral site.

Altuve, who made a grand slam in the second and made a big defensive mistake in the third, jumped on the first pitch seen by the Red Sox relief Tanner Houck in the sixth and sent it to the Crawford Box. For a two-run home base that connects the games. Correa captured Hansel Robles deeply in 7th place.

Red Sox outfielder Kike Hernandez stole the show early in the game. He made a dive catch at the center, finished the second, stranded the loaded base, and led the third with Homer to conclude the game. Boston scored two more goals in Valdes’ third off, which lasted only 2 2/3 innings. Hernandez added a second home run on Ryan Pressly’s ninth off, making it a 5-4 game.

– MLB Sports

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