Red Sox-Astros Game 2: In Real Life

Red Sox-Astros Game 2: In Real Life

The Astros beat the Red Sox, 8-2, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. We were on the scene in and around Minute Maid Park.

6:07 p.m. ET: Ken do: Giles retires Bogaerts to secure Astros' win

Ken Giles whiffed Xander Bogaerts for the final out in Houston's victory.

Giles shuts the door

6:05 p.m. ET: Single, dance, repeat: JBJ knocks in another

Jackie Bradley Jr. brought home Christian Vazquez in the ninth inning with a clutch single.

Bradley Jr.'s second RBI knock

4:54 p.m. ET: Four score: Astros rally in 6th

Houston put up four runs in the sixth inning off Boston relievers Eduardo Rodriguez and Addison Reed. Alex Bregman brought home the first on a sacrifice fly, Carlos Correa doubled in two more and Evan Gattis capped the rally with an RBI single.

Correa's two-run double

4:30 p.m. ET: Kid A-plus: Keuchel earns standing O for effort

Keuchel's solid Game 2 start

3:41 p.m. ET: By George! Springer homers, Altuve singles in 4th

Jose Altuve cannot be contained. After singling and scoring in his first at-bat for his fourth hit in five tries this series, the Astros' second baseman went to work again in Houston's two-run third inning, notching an RBI single to knock lefty starter Drew Pomeranz out of the game. The base hit plated Alex Bregman, who reached base on a double after George Springer led off the frame with a home run for his first hit in this postseason. Houston took a 4-1 lead into the fourth inning.

Astros score two runs in the 3rd

3:20 p.m. ET: Like a Rocket: James Harden on hand to watch a fellow hirsute Houston athlete

2:48 p.m. ET: RBI for JBJ: Bradley gets Red Sox on board

Jackie Bradley Jr. brought home Chris Young with a one-out single in the second inning off Dallas Keuchel to cut the Astros' lead in half.

Bradley Jr.'s run-scoring single

2:29 p.m. ET: Orange, crushed: Correa gives Astros early lead

The Astros picked up right where they left off, jumping on Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz for two runs in the first inning, courtesy of Carlos Correa's two-out, two-run homer. Naturally, it was Jose Altuve, the American League Most Valuable Player Award candidate who homered three times in Houston's 8-2 Game 1 victory on Thursday, who kickstarted the early offensive doings, clobbering the first pitch he saw from Pomeranz for a single. That's when Correa stepped to the plate, drawing a 2-2 count and fouling off three straight pitches before sending a fastball into the left-field seats for a 2-0 lead.

2:07 p.m. ET: Game 2, pitch 1: Keuchel vs. Bogaerts

 1:21 p.m. ET: Grounds crew applies the finishing touches in advance of Game 2

 12:40 p.m. ET: Baseball fever is so high in Houston, even the fans were warming up prior to Game 2

 12:37 p.m. ET: Needless to say, Jose Altuve has a large presence around Minute Maid Park

 12:31 p.m. ET: Pregame face painting outside Minute Maid Park

12:25 p.m. ET: Young Astros fan weighs in on the AL MVP Award debate

11:35 a.m. ET: Houston, we have lineups

Red Sox lineup
1. Xander Bogaerts, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Andrew Benintendi, LF
4. Mookie Betts, RF
5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B
6. Chris Young, DH 
7. Christian Vazquez, C
8. Deven Marrero, 3B
9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Drew Pomeranz, P

Astros lineup
1. George Springer, CF
2. Alex Bregman, 3B
3. Jose Altuve, 2B
4. Carlos Correa, SS
5. Evan Gattis, DH
6. Josh Reddick, RF
7. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
8. Marwin Gonzalez, LF
9. Brian McCann, C

Dallas Keuchel, P

11:05 a.m. ET: Big stars on display
Fans are greeted by gigantic murals of their favorite players when they enter Minute Maid Park for the postseason. Here we have Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve.