BOSTON — The Red Sox played home run derby at Fenway Park Monday night, launching four round-trippers en route to a 12-3 drubbing of the Houston Astros in ALCS Game 3.
Kyle Schwarber broke the contest open with yet another Boston grand slam, stretching a 2-0 Sox lead into a 6-0 advantage in the second inning with his shot to right field. That homer capped off a six-run inning for Boston, who opened the scoring with a bases-loaded single by Christian Vazquez before Christian Arroyo followed that up with a groundball that ate up Jose Altuve, prompting another Boston run to score.
An inning later, Arroyo struck again, launching a homer into the monster seats with a runner aboard to push the Boston lead to 9-0 after a towering single by Vazquez a batter before scored Hunter Renfroe from third.
And while Kyle Tucker put Houston on the board with a three-run shot of his own in the top of the fourth, J.D. Martinez joined the long-ball party with a two-run bomb over the monster in the sixth. Not to be outdone, Rafael Devers launched a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth to round out the home run parade and the scoring.
Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez earned the win, finishing the day with 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K. The seven strikeouts were a career-playoff high for ‘ERod.’ The loss in the blowout went to Houston righty José Urquidy, who yielded six runs – five of them earned – across 1.2 innings while walking a pair, including Verdugo to start Boston’s one-out rally in the second.
The Sox own a 2-1 advantage in the ALCS and will look to take a stranglehold on the series Tuesday night in Game 4 at Fenway Park. That’s set to get underway at 8:08 p.m. with all the action available on FS1.
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11:27 p.m.: Red Sox win Game 3, 12-3, as Sawamura closes out victory.
11:16 p.m.: Rafael Devers gets in on the home run fun in the bottom of the eighth, driving a blast into the monster seats to push Boston’s lead to 12-3.
10:47 p.m.: The day is officially over for Rodriguez as Hansel Robles comes on in relief to start the seventh. ERod’s final line reads: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7K. The seven strikeouts were a career-playoff high for the lefty.
10:45 p.m.: On just the second pitch from the Astros’ newest pitcher, Phil Maton, J.D. Martinez launches a 2-run shot over the monster to push Boston’s lead to 11-3.
10:40 p.m.: After finishing what was likely his last inning of work, Eduardo Rodriguez mocks Houston’s Carlos Correa’s Game 1 celebration, drawing the ire of manager Alex Cora...at least for a brief moment before the two embraced in the dugout following the top of the sixth.
9:45 p.m.: Kyle Tucker drills a 3-run homer over the bullpens in the top of the fourth. 9-3 Boston now.
9:27 p.m.: Christian Arroyo adds to the big Boston lead, crushing a 2-run shot onto the monster to push the Boston lead to 9-0.
9:25 p.m.: Vazquez earns his second RBI of the contest, hitting a bloop single to left field that scores Renfroe from third. 7-0 Sox.
8:55 p.m.: Kyle Schwarber crushes a grand slam to deep right field, ripping open the contest early and making it 6-0 Boston.
8:52 p.m.: A ball seemingly meant for a double play produced another Boston run when it was mishandled by Jose Altuve, scoring JD Martinez and leaving the bases loaded still in the second with just one out. 2-0 Sox.
8:50 p.m.: A Christian Vazquez single into LF with the bases loaded gives Boston a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with Alex Verdugo coming home from third.
8:35 p.m.: ERod strikes out the side in the second and we head to the bottom half of the inning still scoreless.
8:20 p.m.: The game is underway at Fenway Park! ERod sits Houston down 1-2-3 in the top of the first.
6:00 p.m.: Doors open at Fenway Park as fans begin to make their way inside ahead of ALCS Game 3.
3:30 p.m.: The teams have announced their starting lineups for Game 3 as the ALCS shifts to Fenway Park in Boston. Here’s how the Sox will come out against Houston:
- Kyle Schwarber, 1B
- Kiké Hernandez, CF
- Rafael Devers, 3B
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Alex Verdugo, LF
- J.D. Martinez, DH
- Hunter Renfroe, RF
- Christian Vazquez, C
- Christian Arroyo, 2B
And here’s how Houston will stack up against the Red Sox:
- Jose Altuve, 2B
- Michael Brantley, LF
- Alex Bregman, 3B
- Yordan Alvarez, DH
- Carlos Correa, SS
- Kyle Tucker, RF
- Yuli Gurriel, 1B
- Jose Siri, CF
- Martín Maldonado, C
Here’s the schedule for the remaining games ahead:
ALCS Game 4: Tuesday, 8:08 p.m. at Fenway Park and on FS1.
ALCS Game 5: Wednesday, 5:08 p.m. at Fenway Park and on FS1.
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