Chris Sale available out of bullpen in Game 3

Houston Astros relief pitcher Justin Verlander left and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman right cheer after Josh Reddick hit an RBI single in the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox

Houston has looked utterly dominant to this point in the series, with the Astros outscoring the Red Sox 16-4 through the first two games.

Carlos Correa bashed a two-run homer in the first inning and slugged a two-out, two-run double in the sixth as the Houston Astros rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday at Minute Maid Park in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

The Astros took control early. "You don't win the series with two wins - you win it with three".

He will be determined to ensure that even if the Dodgers do make it through, they have to do it the hard way rather than via a three-game sweep. Things are different now. "And what we do got us in the playoffs, and I'm pretty sure it can win us the World Series, too".

In the win which clinched the AL East, Pomeranz threw six innings of shutout ball, before allowing a single in the seventh that finally came around to score. Nunez was replaced on the ALDS roster by OF Chris Young and is ineligible to return for the ALCS should the Red Sox advance.

While Christian Vazquez, hitting.322 since August 1, is on the bench in favor of Sandy Leon, who helps Fister feel more comfortable, Farrell said Vazquez could replace him when Fister exits the game. Jon Lester (13-8) starts for the defending World Series champions against Gio Gonzalez (15-9) and Washington after two-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer was pushed back to Game 3 because he tweaked his right hamstring in his last regular-season outing.

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Rosier completes his first pass, finding one of his favorite targets - tight end Christopher Herndon IV - for nine yards. On the ensuing possession, he converted a third-and-10 before being intercepted by Stanford Samuels III two plays later.

For two years now, underwhelming playoff starts have become the norm for the Red Sox, and that's a recipe for failure. In relief he allowed a hit, a walk, but no runs scored in 2 2/3 innings out of the pen.

In Game 1, the Astros would tally eight runs on 12 hits-slugging four home runs in the process. "Like I said, take it off the chin and be back here tomorrow working my (tail) off ready to go".

There's a solid chance John Farrell will end up falling on the sword for his pitchers' shortcomings, but really, what can the manager do? The other news out of the Boston side was Betts, who is dealing with a troublesome left wrist and left Game 2 in the ninth inning, will play. The total has gone over in five of the nine games. He gave five hits, two home runs, and four runs in just two innings on the mound. Houston starting pitchers combined to post a 4.03 ERA, third-best in the AL, with a staff ERA of 4.12, fifth-best. Fister carries a 1.38 WHIP with 83 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings.

In his last start, Fister faced the Astros on September 29 at Fenway.

Houston's first four batters - George Springer, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa - are all right-handed. Marwin Gonzalez is 0-for-7. The Astros hit a couple of homers.

That starts with Bogaerts, who has led off the past two games and is 0 for 11. The Red Sox had hoped to torment Houston's pitchers with walks, singles and doubles, then dash aggressively around the bases. He had 24 home runs this year - this was his third career multihomer game, and the first time he'd hit three all at once.

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