Now or Never: Red Sox must win Game 6 to keep championship chase alive

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HOUSTON (WPRI) — When the Red Sox recorded the final out of Game 3 Monday night, it looked like they were poised to slug their way right through the Astros on their way to the World Series.

Now, four days later, their backs are firmly against the wall after dropping Games 4 and 5 at Fenway Park.

The series has shifted back to Houston for Games 6 and 7, both of which Boston will have to win to keep their season and title hopes alive, being down 3-2 to Houston.

The Red Sox plated 21 runs between Games 2 and 3, but the Astros’ pitching held them to just three runs total in the following two contests.

The Sox will look to reignite their offense Friday night against Houston starter Luis Garcia, who they tagged for five runs in Game 2 before he was pulled out of the game in the second inning.

Boston is turning to Nathan Eovaldi on just two days’ rest. It was Eovaldi who gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth during Game 4. The Astros would then explode for six more runs, putting the game out of reach for the Sox.

The first pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. If the Sox come out on top, it would force a Game 7 Saturday night on FOX.

12 Sports Director Morey Hershgordon is in Houston covering the Red Sox’ Championship Chase. Tune in to 12 News for live reports, or watch live right here on

12 Sports is your source for in-depth Red Sox coverage throughout their Championship Chase, with reports on WPRI 12, FOX Providence, and the 12 News app.

Game 1: Astros 5 – Red Sox 4
○ Game 2:
 Red Sox 9 – Astros 5
Game 3: Red Sox 12 – Astros 3
Game 4: Astros 9 – Red Sox 2
Game 5: Astros 9 – Red Sox 1
Game 6: Friday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)
Game 7*: Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m. (FOX)
*if necessary

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