Red Sox avoid elimination
The Boston Red Sox finally found their offense on Sunday as they defeated the Houston Astros 10-3 at Fenway Park in Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series.
Doug Fister gave up three runs in the first inning and was pulled in the second, as manager John Farrell had an unsurprising quick hook, with the Red Sox facing elimination.
However, first Joe Kelly and then a superb David Price, closed the door on the Astros as they combined to blank Houston for 5 2-3 innings, while Boston's hitters started in on the bullpen of the visitors.
Rookie Rafael Devers went deep, as did Jackie Bradley Jr. as the Red Sox forced Game 4 on Monday, also at Fenway.
Here, at least in principle, Boston might have the advantage as they send last year's Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello to the mound against Charlie Morton.
Porcello has of course lost 17 games this season and was hammered for seven runs by the Astros back in mid-June when the Red Sox were defeated 7-1 at Minute Maid Park.
In the other American League Divisional series the New York Yankees pulled one game back with a 1-0 triumph over the Cleveland Indians.
Greg Bird's solo shot in the seventh inning was all the run support that Masahiro Tanaka would need, as the Japanese star struck out seven over seven innings.
The Indians have made the decision to go with Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer on short rest, while the Yankees counter with Luis Severino, who recorded just a single out his first go around.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 1.60 to win the National League title, with the Chicago Cubs 4.50 and the Washington Nationals 4.50.
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