Red Sox hope Porcello can help even series with Astros
On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox did something they had not done in nearly four years.
They won a playoff game.
Now the Red Sox must win another to stay alive in Game 4 of their American League Division Series with the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon at Fenway Park.
We’re just playing for the next first pitch, Boston’s Dustin Pedroia said. We’re not worried about momentum. We want to keep playing. We don’t really care about anything else.
He whiffed three of his first four batters and was aided by two double plays.
That’s the best performance that I’ve seen from him, Girardi said.
The biggest test for Tanaka came in the fourth, after Jason Kipnis’ one-out triple glanced off the thumb of Judge’s glove in deep right field and rolled away.
Tanaka beared down and fanned No. 3 batter Jose Ramirez and Bruce, then turned to shout and slapped his mitt in excitement.
I came here to pitch in these type of games, Tanaka said through a translator.
Bruce, a big star in the first two games, struck out all four times up while batting fourth in place of injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who sat out after leaving Game 2 with a sprained right ankle.
With fans in the crowd of 43,860 roaring and twirling red towels, Harper jumped up the dugout steps for a curtain call, throwing an uppercut. Then he flipped his hair on his way back to rejoin his teammates after his fifth homer in 16 career postseason games.
Bryce always steps up right when it’s the time, said Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, who allowed Willson Contreras’ solo homer in the second, and Anthony Rizzo’s two-run shot in the fourth.