Sale never got things going, although, it was reliever Joe Kelly who suffered the loss after giving up the go-ahead RBI single to Carlos Correa in the sixth inning. Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel both went deep in the ninth inning, Gurriel's a three-run blast, that pulled the defending champs away for good.
Sale had deja vu from last season's ALDS matchup against the Astros, where he gave up back-to-back home runs in the first inning and had seven runs against him overall. He only allowed one hit on the night, but loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks, before George Springer singled home two in the second inning. Verlander's win improves him to 13-2 in the American League playoffs, as he has allowed a combined nine hits over his past four Postseason starts.
Sale's wild start led to a history-making night for the Astros, as they drew 10 walks in the win, which is the most in a Postseason game since 2001. Boston pithcers also hit three batters, and the left-handed starter needed 86 pitches to get through four innings of work, and Boston will turn to another struggling starter in David Price for Game 2. The left-hander is 0-9 in his Postseason career, including an ALDS loss to the New York Yankees, as he will be opposed by Gerrit Cole on Sunday night.