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

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.


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 & TimeLocationPitching matchup
Game 1Astros 7, Red Sox 2BostonVerlander (W) vs. Sale (ND)
Game 2Tonight, 6:00 PMBostonCole vs. Price
Game 3Tue. 10/16, 4:00 PMMinute Maid  Keuchel+ vs. TBD
Game 4Wed. 10/17, 7:30 PMMinute MaidMorton+ vs. TBD
Game 5*Thu. 10/18, 7:00 PMMinute MaidVerlander+ vs. TBD
Game 6*Sat. 10/20, 4:00 PMBostonCole+ vs. TBD
Game 7*Sun. 10/21, 6:30 PMBostonTBD vs. TBD

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

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Reynaldo López struck out seven over six scoreless innings, Orlando Arcia homered and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight, 6-2 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

López (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third straight sterling outing to start the season.

“It’s like I’ve always said, for me, the important thing is to focus,” López said through an interpreter. “To have the focus during the outings and then, to be able to locate those pitches.”

He has given up one run in 18 innings for an ERA of 0.50.

“He threw the ball really well against a really good hitting club,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Another solid one.”

Arcia hit a solo home run to left in the second and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Luis Guillorme and backup catcher Chadwick Tromp each hit a two-run double in the ninth to put the Braves ahead 6-0.

“Tromp has done a good job ever since we’ve been bringing him in these situations and filling in,” Snitker said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him back there. ... He’s an aggressive hitter. He’s knocked in some big runs for us in the limited time that he’s played.”

Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros leading off the ninth against Aaron Bummer, and Mauricio Dubón had a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to four. After Bummer walked Chas McCormick to put two on, Raisel Iglesias induced a groundout by Victor Caratini to end it and secure his fourth save.

“They pitched well, and our guys are grinding out at-bats,” Houston manager Joe Espada said. “Even in the ninth inning there, we’re grinding, fighting until the end.”

Hunter Brown (0-3) yielded two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Brown allowed nine runs in two-thirds of an inning in his previous start, last Thursday against Kansas City.

Brown said he executed better Tuesday than he had in his previous two starts.

“He mixed all his pitches well,” Espada said. “The breaking ball was effective. He threw some cutters in on the hands to some of those lefties. He mixed his pitches really well. That was a really strong performance.”


Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. IF David Fletcher had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Albies’ place on the roster.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) threw a side session Tuesday, but Houston will wait until Wednesday to see how Verlander feels before deciding whether he will make his first start this weekend against the Nationals, Espada said. ... RHP Luis Garcia (right elbow surgery) threw around 20-25 pitches off the bullpen mound, and RHP José Urquidy (right forearm strain) also threw off the mound, Espada said. ... LHP Framber Valdez (left elbow soreness) played catch off flat ground.


Atlanta LHP Max Fried (1-0, 8.74 ERA) starts Wednesday in the series finale opposite RHP J.P. France (0-2, 8.22).

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