The Houston Astros are just one win away from a return to the ALCS following their 9-5 win home win in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Chicago White Sox on Friday afternoon. A dominant 6-1 win for the AL West winners came at the expense of the AL Central victors on Thursday, and they backed that up with another strong showing. Down 2-1 heading into the fifth, the White Sox plated three runs in a big frame to put them up 4-2. However, the Astros responded with a two-run single from Yuli Gurriel in the bottom half of the frame to tie it. The bottom of the seventh then saw them explode offensively as they brought home five runs to ease away.
Carlos Correa ended up with two RBI’s while Kyle Tucker, who homered to put the final nail in the proverbial coffin, had three to his credit. A win on Sunday in Chicago would send Houston to its fifth straight ALCS. In the other ALDS game of the day, taking place much later, we saw the Boston Red Sox level up their series with the Tampa Bay Rays via a 14-6 drubbing at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two only to see the Rays score five in the bottom of the first. However, from there Boston would rely on the long ball, hitting four of them between the third and fifth frames to take a lead in which they would never relinquish. JD Martinez was one of the five men to homer, with his being a three-run shot while Xander Bogaerts also hit one and had two RBI’s. Enrique Hernandez went 5-6 in the game while scoring three times and driving in three runs as well. This one will head to Fenway with both sides looking to assert dominance.