ALCS GAME 2 AT A GLANCE

Astros-Red Sox Game 2 preview: Houston looks to stay undefeated

Gerrit Cole gets the start tonight. Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Astros already completed a tough feat in stealing a road playoff game, which they did last night in Game 1 to go up 1-0 in the series. They could take even more control of the series by winning tonight and putting immense pressure on Boston as the series would head to Houston. Be sure to follow SportsMap for a full recap of Game 2 right after the final out:

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Fenway Park, Boston.

TV: TBS.

Streaming: TBS App.

Pitching matchup: Gerrit Cole vs. David Price.

Series: Astros lead 1-0.

The breakdown: The Astros should have immense confidence heading into Game 2. Not only should they have the edge on the Red Sox after winning a game in their house last night, but they also have the advantage in the starting pitching battle. The Astros will be sending out Gerrit Cole, who is fresh off his absolutely dominant seven-inning performance in the ALDS Game 2 win against the Indians. The Red Sox will be starting David Price, who despite having a solid regular season, got rocked by the Yankees in their ALDS Game 2, giving up three runs on two home runs and getting pulled before being able to finish just two innings. The Red Sox should be treating this as a must-win game, which will make it even sweeter for Houston if they can pull off their fifth straight win and stay undefeated in the postseason.

Series schedule:

  Result / Date & Time Location Pitching matchup
Game 1 Astros 7, Red Sox 2 Boston Verlander (W) vs. Sale (ND)
Game 2 Tonight, 6:00 PM Boston Cole vs. Price
Game 3 Tue. 10/16, 4:00 PM Minute Maid   Keuchel+ vs. TBD
Game 4 Wed. 10/17, 7:30 PM Minute Maid Morton+ vs. TBD
Game 5* Thu. 10/18, 7:00 PM Minute Maid Verlander+ vs. TBD
Game 6* Sat. 10/20, 4:00 PM Boston Cole+ vs. TBD
Game 7* Sun. 10/21, 6:30 PM Boston TBD vs. TBD

* Games 5-7 are if necessary.
+-projected starters.

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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.


Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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