Red Sox seek to take lead in ALCS as series shifts to Houston

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HOUSTON (WPRI) — After a thrilling win over the Houston Astros Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox are on their way to the Lone Star State for the next three games in the American League Championship Series.

The 7-5 victory evened up the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Now, both teams are looking to lock down three more wins in order to move on to the World Series.

For the first time this postseason, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will be the team’s designated hitter due to a lingering knee issue. 

With Nathan Eovaldi set to take the mound to start Game 3, Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said they are already “off to a good start.”

“As far as stuff – pure stuff – there’s not too many left in October with that ability,” Cora said of Eovaldi. “This guy is throwing 99-100 in the sixth inning.”

Despite losing Game 1 last weekend, the Red Sox remain confident that they can pull off three more wins and take home another pennant.

“We had a pretty good year, we never had too many highs or too many lows, we just stayed even-keeled,” Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi said. “We stay pretty relaxed regardless of the situation so it’s been a fun year, it’s a fun team, so I think we are more prepared this year.”

Red Sox ace Chris Sale will rejoin the team Tuesday as he recovers from a stomach illness. Cora told reporters not to panic if they see him warming up in the bullpen Tuesday night. He said Sale will not pitch in Game 3 but could warm up ahead of Game 4.

“We’ll see how he feels,” Cora said. “It’s more about the individual than the Red Sox. We have to take care of him first.”

First pitch is scheduled for 5:09 p.m. Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

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