The Boston Red Sox Clinch the AL East

Chris Sale accepted responsibility for his performance during Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Astros and Red Sox.

Jose Altuve led off the inning with a single before Carlos Correa hit a two-run home run to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.

Houston Astros' George Springer laughs with teammates during a workout, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, as the team prepares for Sunday's Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox in Boston.

It will be all hands on deck for Game 3 against the Astros on Sunday as the Red Sox look to avoid a second straight ALDS sweep - and that means Chris Sale in the bullpen. This may be the wrong time to tell Red Sox fans that Altuve hit.381 on the road with 15 of his 24 home runs. In Thursday's game, he got off to about as good a start as possible toward taking home postseason MVP honors, tying a playoffs record with three home runs.

The Red Sox will be looking to Fister to extend their season.

Correa drove home Springer and Altuve by lining the first pitch from Reed to left field and scored on the ensuing pitch when Evan Gattis followed with an RBI single. Price and Porcello have pitched in relief, Price because elbow trouble limits his workload, and Porcello because his rough season (11-17, 4.65) has knocked him from the rotation's top three. Mookie Betts, who had a key error in right field in Game 2, is 3-for-8 (with two of the doubles), but leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-9 and Andrew Benintendi 1-for-8.

Boston lost both the first two games by scores of 8-2. Drew Pomeranz surrendered four earned runs over two innings to take the loss. He is 9th player all-time to hit three home runs in a postseason game. We've gotta go out and play to the capabilities that we are as a team.

CARLOS CORREA: The Boston Red Sox got exhausted of Jose Altuve hitting home runs, so the decision was made to walk to Altuve to face Correa. "But I think it's pretty safe to say, given how he went down today, he would not be available".

Tonight, the Astros will rely on the left arm of Dallas Keuchel to stifle Boston's offense again.

"We know where we are situationally in the series", Farrell said.

Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and the rookie angrily snatched at his bat in frustration. Everyone counted them out in 2004 when they were down three games to none to the Yankees, but they were still able to come back. The Boston Red Sox still need to win Game 3 to make this game possible, but the team does offer refunds for games that don't take place.

The Red Sox had to play with a sense of urgency to win the AL East throughout September (after leaving Yankee Stadium on Sept. 3) because the Yankees played so well. Jon Lester (13-8) starts for the defending World Series champions against Gio Gonzalez (15-9) and Washington after two-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer was pushed back to Game 3 because of a tender hamstring.

There have 56 teams down 0-2 in an LDS, and seven of them have won their series.

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