Carlos Correa’s monster home run lifts Astros to win in ALCS Game 1

Carlos Correa Jose Altuve was the hero for the Houston Astros , who won 5-4 against the Boston Red Sox on Friday in game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

Down two runs in the sixth inning, Altuve hit his 20th postseason home run to tie the game at three runs apiece. Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck gave Houston’s infielder the win.

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrates after a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston.

Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve celebrates after a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning in Game 1 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

In the next inning, Correa hit a monster solo home run to give Houston the lead late in the game. Correa dropped his bat, and shouted at the dugout to let them know that it was time. Altuve would add another run with a sac fly in the next inning. With the victory,

Houston seized a 1-0 advantage in the series. In the third inning,

Boston led the series. After a Yordan Avarez sac fly in the first innings, Kike Hernandez’s home run tied the game at 1-1. Altuve’s fielding error caused Boston to go up by one. Hunter Renfroe scored Rafael Devers with a double.

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Hernandez would keep the game close with a home run off Astros closer Ryan Pressly to make it 5-4. Pressly was able to control the situation and end Boston’s chance of making a comeback.

Correa was the star of the evening. Houston was up at the end of the game when he scored a run on his third-for-four homer. Chas McCormick also went 3-for-4 with a run scored. These were Houston’s only players to have multi-hit games.

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa hits a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston. 

Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa hits a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in Game 1 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston.

Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa celebrates a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in Game 1 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Houston starter Framber Valdez went 2 2/3 innings. Three runs were allowed, with two earned on six hits. He also struck out two batters. To win the game, Houston used seven pitchers to replace Valdez.

Hernandez finished 4-for-5 with a double and two homers for Boston. Devers also went 2-for-5. Chris Sale lasted 2 1/3 innings and had two strikeouts. He also earned a run. After Sale was relieved, the Red Sox used seven more pitchers.

Boston Red Sox's Enrique Hernandez celebrates after a home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston.

Boston Red Sox’s Enrique Hernandez celebrates after a home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game 1 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Game 2 is set for Saturday at 4: 20 p.m. ET.

By editor