J.D. Martinez hit an opposite-field grand slam in the top of the first inning, and Rafael Devers pulled a pitch over the right-field wall five batters into the second as Boston took an 8-0 lead early in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. Kiké Hernandez added his third home run of the series to help give the Red Sox a series-evening win. Game 3 is Monday in Boston.
The grand slams came off two different pitchers after Astros starter Luis Garcia exited one batter into the second inning, throwing just 33 pitches. The team later said it was a right knee issue for Garcia, who finished the outing with one inning pitched, two strikeouts and five runs charged on two hits. Jake Odorizzi replaced Garcia but allowed singles to Christian Arroyo and Hernandez before Devers’ slam. Hernandez hit his home run off Odorizzi in the fourth inning.
The Astros got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with Kyle Tucker’s two-out RBI double off the left-field wall and Yuli Gurriel’s two-run single to right before Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi struck out Chas McCormick to end the rally. Eovaldi went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Game 3 is set for Monday at 8:07 p.m. ET.
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