Astros take care of Red Sox pitching

14 October 2018 06:18:38 EST

Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros both battled the cold but it was the defending World Series Champions who came out on top of Game 1.

The visitors from Texas outlasted the Red Sox 7-2 on Saturday evening at Fenway Park in Boston in the first of the American League Championship Series.

Leading the way for the Astros was starting pitcher Justin Verlander, as the 35-year old right handed veteran from Manakin-Sabot, Virginia lasted six innings while surrendering two earned runs on two hits, allowing four walks and striking out a game high six batters for the contest.

The Astros only had a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth inning, but the visitors scored four runs in the top half of the frame to power past the top record squad in baseball. Verlander improves to an impressive 13-2 in American League playoff games.

Chris Sale struggled with command for the Red Sox, as the 29-year old left handed ace managed only four innings while conceding two earned runs on one hit, allowing four walks and fanning a game high five batters for the contest.

The Red Sox struggled with walking batters on Saturday, as the hosts allowed 10 batters to reach first on base on balls.

Game 2 on Sunday evening will feature two strong pitchers, as the Red Sox will send out David Price and the Astros will counter with Gerrit Cole.

Boston's season could be in danger if they don't find a way to win Game 2 as Houston continues to look very impressive. 

The Red Sox are 20/27 to win the World Series this year with the Astros 10000/1 and the Los Angeles Dodgers 23/20.

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