Lone Star shocker for Boston Red Sox

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Houston Astros' George Springer laughs with teammates during a workout, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, as the team prepares for Sunday's Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. The Red Sox instead tried their luck with the All-Star batting cleanup, intentionally walking Altuve twice to face Correa at critical junctures.

Boston are 2-0 down and have been comprehensively outplayed at Minute Maid Park.

"We've just got to hit", Ramirez said later. When we didn't, they have made us pay. Drew Pomeranz, who had actually pitched well against the Astros this season, couldn't get an out in the third inning this time.

Despite the Red Sox now in an 0-2 hole, there is still a small light at the end of the tunnel. But it isn't working, and there's not much to say.

Sale got rattled early as Alex Bregman and Altuve hit back-to-back homers in the first. The Red Sox are hoping that a return to Fenway will turn things around for them. It happened again last fall against the Cleveland Indians: two road losses, then a season-ending dud at Fenway.

As for the Red Sox? The shining exception, of course, was 2013, when they won the World Series. Marwin Gonzalez, who was on third base for Houston, acted as if he was breaking for home.

"I don't think, roster-wise, we probably had the best team going into that postseason", Bogaerts said. But I do believe with the 'pen that we have and the trust in it, you have to weigh everything in. "We did it as a team". His first two home runs came against Red Sox ace Chris Sale, while the third came against reliever Austin Maddox. "We need to come out tomorrow and play with a fire". "It's nothing that big, like that time".

"You get to the postseason, there's a small tendency to want to do more, and we haven't". The Red Sox even took to Twitter to announce that tickets were still available.

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Goffin will next meet Argentine eighth seed Diego Schwartzman who eased past Steve Johnson of America 6-0, 7-5. I need to, right now, just stay positive and take the positives out of it".

Even though the Red Sox led their division for the majority of the season, it seemed as though there was a distinctly low level of excitement surrounding the team.

The old Boston standby David Ortiz now yuks it up with A-Rod on Fox's postseason studio show. He'll nearly certainly tough it out for Game 3 on Sunday with the Red Sox facing elimination. It bothered Betts when he batted in the eighth inning on Friday, and he left for a defensive replacement.

"It is about setting the tone right from the start", Farrell said. 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.

Pomeranz won three of his last four decisions during the regular season and gave up fewer than two runs in three of his final four appearances. That's hardly Farrell's fault, and firing him won't solve anything if the Red Sox don't also sign outfielder J.D.

They spent far more for their other starters.

Altuve, who hit.346 this year, kept punishing pitchers. Fans were calling for his head on Twitter (#firefarrell had become a common hashtag), but Manager John - as lefty David Price has taken to calling him - was never in any real danger of losing his job.

So where do they stand now?

Farrell similarly held off on naming a Game 4 starter.