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Astros tie ALCS with seven-run ninth against Red Sox

Houston, in danger of falling into a tough hole in the series, have their hitters wake up in Game 4 rally.
Jose Altuve, right, and Carlos Correa hug it out after the Astros rally past the Red Sox in Game 4 at Fenway Park.
Jose Altuve, right, and Carlos Correa hug it out after the Astros rally past the Red Sox in Game 4 at Fenway Park. [ DAVID J. PHILLIP | AP ]
Published Oct. 20
Updated Oct. 20

BOSTON — Jose Altuve hit a tying home run in the eighth and the Houston offense awakened with seven runs in the ninth as the visiting Astros came back to beat the Red Sox 9-2, evening the AL Championship Series at two games apiece.

Six outs from falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and facing a Game 5 in Fenway Park — where Boston hadn’t lost all postseason — the defending AL champions instead guaranteed themselves at least one game back in Houston.

In a series that had been dominated by offense — especially Boston’s — the teams traded first-inning homers and then both pitching staffs put up six straight zeros before Altuve’s leadoff shot in the eighth.

“What the relievers did today was amazing,” Altuve said.

Carlos Correa doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Jason Castro’s two-out single in the ninth. That was just the beginning for Houston, which had seen Boston bully its pitchers for 10 homers in the series.

“That’s what they’ve been doing to us this whole series,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re capable of doing that as well.”

After Alex Bregman hit a solo homer into the Green Monster seats in the first, Xander Bogaerts topped it with a towering, two-run drive onto Lansdowne Street in the bottom half to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

It was still 2-1 when Altuve led off the eighth with a homer against Garrett Whitlock. Altuve has 21 career postseason home runs, breaking a tie with Derek Jeter for third-most in baseball history. Manny Ramirez is the leader with 29, and Bernie Williams hit 22.

Game 2 winner Nathan Eovaldi, making his first relief appearance since he was coming back from an injury in 2019, came on for the ninth and gave up Correa’s leadoff double. With two outs and two on, Castro singled in Correa to give Houston the lead.

And the Astros just kept on scoring.

Michael Brantley hit a three-run double. Yordan Alvarez added an RBI single. Correa reached on a run-scoring infield single. Kyle Tucker singled in another run.

“We knew with this team that you’re playing, we wanted to pad the lead,” Baker said. “And pad the lead we did.”

Houston has scored 36 runs with two outs in the postseason, including 18 of its 22 in this series

“It was a good game until the end, right?’' Boston manager Alex Cora said.

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