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LEADING OFF: NL teams continue series, AL arms get a rest

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With that now off the table, the Astros say they are digging in, and are prepared to do whatever is necessary to advance. His struggles this year boil down to his fastball lacking movement and his breaking pitches hanging up.

Boston also has recovered from 0-2 starts in the division series to win (1999 and 2003). The Astros won 8-2, just like Thursday.

Justin Turner and the major league-best Dodgers try to solve nemesis Robbie Ray (15-5, 2.89 ERA, 218 Ks) in Game 2 of the NL Division Series at 9:08 p.m. EDT. Pedroia missed three games after a hard slide by Baltimore slugger Manny Machado. The lefty inked a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox as a free agent in December 2015.

The Red Sox will now head home to Boston in search of a lifeline. He allowed four runs on five hits before turning it over to the Red Sox bullpen, which had varying degrees of success against the mighty Astros offense. So that whole walk-Altuve-to-face-Correa strategy backfired. Peacock has been the most consistent pitcher this season in whatever role he has been placed in.

Hitting wise, the Astros yet again have the advantage.

Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was a bit wild in the first few innings, and the Red Sox approached him with careful patience, though they didn't capitalize, getting just one run off him in the second inning before he retired the next 11 batters and exited in the sixth. They have David Price, whom they're paying $30 this season, pitching out of the bullpen after injuries.

Fister's first-inning ERA in his starts this season ballooned to 10.13. There he gave up eight runs off ten hits over six innings, the most runs he gave up in any appearance previous year.

Correa drew first blood today on the Sox has he took Pomeranz for a ride to make the Astros have a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. But Pomeranz was rocked by the Astros on Friday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to stave off elimination for at least one more day after dropping game two on Saturday.

"I definitely think there is some value in it. just more along the lines of knowing what to expect", he said.

When Sale mislocated pitches, it was often in the middle of the plate, and the best offense in the league teed off. Marwin Gonzalez, who was on third base for Houston, acted as if he was breaking for home. "He can get to more balls", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. And so, when it was over and there was nothing left to do but process the disappointment, the Boston Red Sox ace found it easy to sum it all up. Having a weapon like Craig Kimbrel to close games is utterly meaningless if he never gets to pitch when it counts. Game 1 saw Houston win in a commanding way, with the final score 8-2. That's not how big time players should play in October.

The Indians can ensure a second straight ALCS appearance by taking Game 3. It's a tall order, for sure, but an order still possible because of the yeoman's work by Price on Sunday. They nearly did that in 2015, but the Royals came back to win Games 4 and 5. His second blast in the fifth stretched the Astros lead to 5-2. Charlie Morton will start Game Four for Houston, if needed.

LEADING OFF: NL teams continue series, AL arms get a rest