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Jose Altuve looks for another memorable performance as his Houston Astros vie for a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon against the visiting Boston Red Sox.

Sale pitched Game 1 of the series and was rocked for seven runs on nine hits in five innings of work.

The Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-2 in Game 1 of the American League Divisional series.

Altuve (3-for-4, three RBIs) became the first player in franchise history to homer three times in a postseason game, doing so twice off Sale (0-1).

When manager John Farrell was asked about his second baseman's health, he said Pedroia was healthy enough, which is not that confident of a diagnosis. Carlos Correa would get off the races early for the Astros, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning. Farrell's Red Sox won the AL East the past two seasons, but a year ago lost eight of their final nine games then were swept three games in the ALDS by the Indians, the team giving Girardi so many problems. Sale and Pomeranz - neither of whom had ever started in the playoffs before - combined to allow 11 runs and 14 hits in seven innings against the Astros. But Altuve is so talented he whacked that low curve into the outfield for a single.

Boston won the AL East Division by finishing two games ahead of the New York Yankees with a record of 93-69. The lone blemish on his resume is his postseason mark - 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 18 games. After getting out of that huge jam in the third, he did allow a couple of runners in the fourth, but one was on a bloop double and the other was an intentional walk.

He added that those Red Sox faced a two-games-to-one World Series deficit in St. Louis but rallied to win the next three. "So we'll make a game plan based off of how the last start went and kind of adjust going into it". Live television coverage of this game is on the #Fox Sports 1 channel around the United States.

"I don't know that you're going to pinpoint any one reason".

Tonight, the Astros will rely on the left arm of Dallas Keuchel to stifle Boston's offense again. When Boston tried the gambit two innings later, this time with Addison Reed on the mound, Correa pounced.

MOOKIE BETTS: Betts is one of the most important players for the Red Sox - they're not going to compete in this series if he doesn't find a way to break out.

Encarnacion was on crutches and wearing a boot on his sprained right ankle Saturday, but manager Terry Francona said the designated hitter hadn't been ruled out of Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium.

By the way, Brad Peacock will be the starter for the Houston Astros. Those Red Sox led the majors in on-base plus slugging percentage.

Before the game, Farrell wouldn't rule out the possibility of bringing Sale back on three days' rest to start Game 4.

Charlie Morton, who beat Fister at Fenway last weekend, is Houston's "if necessary" Game 4 starter, while the Red Sox haven't named a starter if that game is played Monday.

Boston now trails the series 2-0 and are endangered of being swept for the second straight season. With two games to go, starter Drew Pomeranz was on the bump looking for his 17 victory of the year.

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