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Doug Fister tossed the shortest ALDS start since 2014

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So much for Doug Fister‘s pristine postseason record. The Red Sox’ right-hander lasted just 1 1/3 innings on Sunday, exiting Game 3 of the ALDS after the Astros wore him out with a three-run spread. Not only was it the shortest outing of his postseason career, but it marked the shortest start in any ALDS game since 2014, when the Angels’ C.J. Wilson choked against the Royals in Game 3.

In the first inning, George Springer lined a leadoff single into right field, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Josh Reddick followed suit, plating a run on a ground ball up the middle and reaching second on an errant throw. Then, this happened:

Fister took a meeting on the mound before proceeding with the inning, and for two at-bats, everything went according to plan. He fell behind on a 3-1 count against Marwin Gonzalez before inducing a groundout for the second out, then caught Alex Bregman looking to end the inning.

In the second, however, things got off to another rough start. Fister threw everything but the kitchen sink at Carlos Beltran, but couldn’t locate his pitches well enough to avoid a leadoff walk. Yuli Gurriel needed just one pitch — a curveball that didn’t sit quite right in the zone — for a single, and once Fister got through the bottom of the order, Farrell cut him off.

The Red Sox currently trail the Astros 3-1 in the top of the third inning.

Astros push ALCS to Game 7 with 7-1 stunner against Yankees

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There’s just something about playing in your home ballpark. The Astros decimated the Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Friday, riding seven scoreless innings from Justin Verlander and a pair of big runs from Jose Altuve to win 7-1 and force a Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

Through the first four innings, however, the teams looked equally matched. Luis Severino no-hit the Astros through 3 2/3 innings, losing his bid on Carlos Correa‘s line drive single in the fourth. The Astros returned in the fifth to do some real damage, drawing two walks and plating the first run of the night with Brian McCann‘s ground-rule double off of the right field wall. Things didn’t get any easier for Severino. Jose Altuve lined a two-RBI base hit into left field, upping Houston’s advantage to three runs.

Verlander, meanwhile, muted the Yankees’ offense with seven innings of five-hit, eight-strikeout ball. While he didn’t come close to matching his complete game effort in Game 2, he was still plenty dominant against a struggling New York lineup. No player reached past first base until the sixth inning, when a pair of base hits from Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees their first runner in scoring position. That didn’t last long, though, as Gary Sanchez grounded out on a 3-0 slider to end the inning.

In the seventh, Houston’s ace got into another spot of trouble. He walked Greg Bird on six pitches to start the inning, then plunked Starlin Castro on the wrist. Aaron Hicks struck out, in part thanks to a questionable call by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds, but it was Todd Frazier who presented the biggest threat after returning an 0-1 fastball for a 403-foot fly out to left field. Luckily for Verlander, George Springer was there to bail him out with a leaping catch at the wall.

The Yankees kept things exciting in the eighth, too. Aaron Judge ripped his third postseason home run off of Brad Peacock, taking a 425-footer out to the train in left field to spoil the Astros’ shutout. That was the only real break the Yankees got, however, as Altuve, Alex Bregman and Evan Gattis returned in the bottom of the inning to tack on another four runs, including Altuve’s solo shot off of David Robertson:

Ken Giles handled the ninth, expending 23 pitches and giving up a base hit and a walk before retiring Frazier and Headley to end the game. Thanks to Houston’s winning efforts, the two teams will compete in their first seven-game Championship Series since 2004 — and this time, at least one of them is guaranteed to come away with a win.

Game 7 of the ALCS is set for Saturday at 8:00 PM ET. Houston right-hander Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA) is scheduled to face southpaw CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA).