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The Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in Game One of the ALCS on Saturday night. With the win, Houston propels to a 1-0 series lead on Boston. Chris Sale started the game for the Red Sox opposing Justin Verlander for the Astros. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
It was a game that was defined by inexcusably sloppy play from the 108-win Red Sox. For example, Red Sox pitchers walked ten batters and hit three. It started with Chris Sale, who had trouble getting over his breaking ball and dealt with fastball inconsistency (velocity and location). He ended the night with two earned runs in four innings along with an anomalous 5:4 K:BB.
The Astros first three runs came (sort of) as the result of two evident defensive miscues by Eduardo Nunez. He botched a makable hopper slightly to his left, which saw two runners score. Next, a potential groundball double play was hit to him and he lost it trying to make the transfer. The runner that advanced to second on the play ended up scoring.
Still, the Red Sox were in it as the top of the 9th rolled around. They trailed 3-2 and were one shot away from making magic happen. Then, Brandon Workman was summoned to pitch and he gave up two huge Astros homers, putting the game effectively out of reach.
Nothing of significance came on the offensive side of the ball, though it is worth noting Alex Cora was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the middle of the game.