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The Boston Red Sox are officially two wins away from heading to their fourth World Series since 2004. Boston traveled down to Houston to take on the Astros and responded with a dominating victory. While the Astros kept it close early, a Jackie Bradley Jr grand slam ultimately clinched the victory for Boston. With the win, the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the ALCS.
Jackie Bradly Jr Grand Slam Highlights Red Sox Blowout Victory
The Red Sox started off the game as well as they possibly could. Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi led off the game with back-to-back singles, and J.D. Martinez cleared the bases with a two-run double. Astros starter Dallas Keuchel settled down after that, retiring the next three batters in order. Still, it was enough for the Red Sox to take an early 2-0 lead.
Nathan Eovaldi got the nod for the Red Sox against the powerful Houston lineup. While Eovaldi’s final line was fantastic, the hard-throwing righty struggled early on. Eovaldi gave up a one-run single to Marwin Gonzalez in the bottom of the first, and it looked as though this could be an offensive shootout.
However, the bats on both sides cooled off after the first. The game remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth. With runners on first and second, Eovaldi induced a weak grounder to third from Alex Bregman. However, Rafael Devers horribly misplayed the grounder, allowing it to roll right past him for a one-run double. Eovaldi got out of the jam one batter later, but the game should never have been tied to begin with.
Steve Pearce saw to it that the game didn’t stay tied for long. Three innings after just missing a double off the wall, the first baseman launched a no-doubter over the left field wall. Pearce truly got all of it, launching it approximately 456 feet to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
Eovaldi went one more scoreless inning before turning it over to the bullpen. Ryan Brasier took the seventh, working past a Jose Altuve bunt and a Christian Vazquez passed ball to give the Red Sox a scoreless inning of relief.
Matt Barnes took the eighth inning, but not before the Red Sox offense broke the game open. Houston sent closer and genuinely horrible human being Roberto Osuna out to pitch the ninth, and Boston made him pay. Xander Bogaerts started the rally with an infield single, and three batters later Brock Holt came in to pinch-hit for Ian Kinsler. Osuna hit Holt to load the bases and then hit Mitch Moreland to bring home Bogaerts.
Jackie Bradley Jr. then stepped up to the plate and ended the game with one swing of the bat. The Red Sox longtime center fielder launched an absolute bomb to the right-field bleachers, clearing the bases and giving the Red Sox an 8-2 lead. The rest of the game was just a formality, as the Red Sox