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Correa slugs Astros to 8-2 rout of Red Sox in Game 2

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a two-run home run during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox Friday, Oct. 6, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

HOUSTON—Carlos Correa bashed a two-run homer in the first inning and slugged a two-out, two-run double in the sixth as the Houston Astros rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Oct. 6, at Minute Maid Park in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Correa finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored as the Astros secured a 2-0 series lead with Game 3 set for Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday.

The Red Sox were determined to not let All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve beat them like he did in the series opener. They tried their luck with Correa, intentionally walking Altuve twice to face Correa with a runner in scoring position.

That strategy paid dividends when Boston left-hander David Price induced Correa to pop out with George Springer on second base and Altuve on first to end the fourth inning. When Boston tried the gambit two innings later, this time with Addison Reed on the mound, Correa pounced.

Correa drove home Springer and Altuve by lining the first pitch from Reed to left field and scored on the ensuing pitch when Evan Gattis followed with an RBI single. Houston plated four runs in the frame to double its output, end the suspense, and seize control of the series.

Altuve finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and an RBI single that chased Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (0-1) in the third. Altuve scored when Correa drilled his home run in the first inning.

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0) survived a 33-pitch second inning and pitched into the sixth, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He surrendered an RBI single to Jackie Bradley Jr. that cut the Houston lead to 2-1 in the second before rallying to retire 13 consecutive batters. Keuchel departed following his two-out walk to Hanley Ramirez.

Springer clubbed an opposite-field home run off Pomeranz leading off the third inning, the Astros' sixth homer of the series. Pomeranz surrendered four runs on five hits and one walk.