Bradley hit a three-run double during Boston's Game 2 victory, giving him three RBIs in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Boston improved to 4-0 on the road in these playoffs and inched closer to eliminating the defending champions.
The dire moments are casually familiar for Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, who many seasons ago assumed the responsibility bestowed upon a staff ace.
The Astros will need to find some offense in game four, and history says that they will. Bet the Houston Astros -140 over the Boston Red Sox to win game four and even up the series. However, after recording two quick outs in the sixth, he surrendered a double to Christian Vazquez before Bradley pounced on James' off-speed offering. Nearly simultaneously, the ball clipped Betts' glove and a collection of hands from eager fans, with right field umpire Joe West ruling Altuve out via fan interference. With a 2-1 lead in games, Boston has ensured that this series will return to Fenway Park for a Game 6 - unless the Red Sox can win out in Games 4 and 5. Instead, Osuna lasted just two-thirds of an inning, gave up three hits and hit two batters.
Houston cut the lead to two on an RBI groundout by Altuve in the eighth. Nevertheless, Eovaldi, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Rays in late July, gave up only two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four - four more than Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, who allowed two runs in five innings. Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes have all worked multiple innings ahead of Craig Kimbrel in the playoffs and could do the same here.
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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer further reports that the Indians filed a complaint with the league against the Astros following a pair of similar incidents in the ALDS and also reached out to the Red Sox to warn them prior to the start of the ALCS. Tony Kemp was 2-for-3 with a solo home run plus two walks. Mookie Betts leaped and was interfered with by fans in the stands, so Altuve was called out instead.
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"Depending on who's playing, with him hitting in front of Christian we can put pressure with a hit-and-run against a righty", Cora said. As Drellich examines, the lack of clear rules in place and the unnecessarily hushed manner in which the league handles such scenarios only incentivizes teams to continue rule-bending/breaking and to make accusations in the first place. "And I said, no way they're going to overturn this".
"The replay official said I was right", West explained.
"I don't have anything against him", he said. "Appreciate he was trying to help me". Bradley then crushed a 1-1 fastball into the right field seats to send Houston fans streaming toward the exits. (Don't worry/'Bout a thing.) 5) David Ortiz, Game 2, 2003 ALCS. The moneyline for this game is Houston -140, with and the Red Sox coming in at +130.
Eighteen of their 25 runs in the series have come with two outs, and two of Boston's five run-scoring hits in Game 4 came with two strikes.