Astros Stun Sox, Score Seven in Ninth to Tie ALCS

October 19-ALCS GAME 4

Pivetta pitches for the Sox against Greinke. The Astros get on the board almost immediately, with Bregman sending a two-out homer to the Monster in the top of the first to make it 1-0. This is the first Houston lead since the bottom of the seventh inning of the first game. The Sox get that back and more in the bottom of the inning. With a runner at first and two out, Bogaerts hits a two-out homer onto Lansdowne, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. The next two men reach, but a force out ends the inning. A runner is at second with two out in the top of the second after an infield single and a throwing error at third. A walk puts two on and a wild pitch moves them both into scoring position before a pop out ends the inning. A runner is at second with one out in the bottom of the inning, and Greinke is pulled. It’s his shortest start in nine years. A walk puts two on, but they are stranded. A runner is at second with two out after a strikeout and a stolen base. The crowd, distressed by plate umpire Diaz’s call, hurls obscenities at him. A strikeout ends the inning. With one out inb the bottom of the fourth, Arroyo triples to the right-field corner but is stranded. Pivetta is efficient in the first five innings against a powerful Houston offense. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Devers doubles to deep center but is stranded. This has been a pitching duel that has been riveting and torturous at the same time.

Altuve ties it up at 2-2 with a Monster shot to lead off the eighth. It’s the first run scored by either team since the bottom of the first. Correa leads off the ninth with a double to right. An intentional walk puts two on with one out. With two out, Castro singles to right to score Correa and make it 3-2 Houston. A walk loads the bases and ends Eovaldi’s night. The pitching change doesn’t help. Brantley’s bases-clearing double makes it 6-2. A single to left by Alvarez scores Brantley and makes it 7-2. A throwing error by Pérez allows another man to score and make it 8-2. Alvarez scores on a Tucker single to make it 9-2. A fly out finally ends the inning. The last time a team scored seven times in the ninth inning of a playoff game was the Florida Marlins in the World Series in 1997. The Sox put two on with two out in the bottom of the ninth, and the runners both move into scoring position on a passed ball before a strikeout ends the game. Astros stun the Sox with a 9-2 win in Boston to tie the series at 2-2 and ensure a Game 6 in Houston on Friday night.