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Houston Astros even the ALCS at 2-2, scoring 7 runs in the 9th inning for a 9-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox

BOSTON — José Altuve hit a tying home run in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros offense awakened with seven runs in the ninth Tuesday night as they came back to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2, evening the American League 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 the Red Sox hadn’t lost all postseason — the Astros instead guaranteed themselves at least one game back in Houston.

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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 on the Fenway scoreboard before Altuve’s leadoff shot in the eighth.

Carlos Correa doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Jason Castro’s two-out single in the ninth. But that was just the beginning for the Astros, who had seen the Red Sox bully their pitchers for 10 homers in the series, including a record-setting three grand slams that turned Games 2 and 3 into routs.

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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.

Then the pitchers took over. It was still 2-1 when Altuve led off the eighth with a homer against Garrett Whitlock.

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 the Astros the lead.

And they kept on scoring.

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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.

The Red Sox, who were the first team in major-league history to have double-digit hits six straight times in a single postseason, had just five Tuesday — two of them while trailing by seven in the ninth.

Eovaldi took the loss, allowing four runs while recording just two outs. Kendall Graveman, the fifth Astros pitcher, threw two scoreless innings for the win.

Bogaerts followed Bregman’s 354-foot homer into the Green Monster seats in the top of the first with a 403-foot shot in the bottom half that cleared the wall, the seats and the billboards above them before landing on Lansdowne Street.

Nick Pivetta allowed just one more hit after Bregman’s homer before leaving with a 2-1 lead through five innings.

It was the third straight game the Red Sox got five or more innings from a starter and the third straight that the Astros starter didn’t make it out of the second inning. Zack Greinke got just four outs Tuesday.

Pivetta was charged with one run on two hits and two walks, striking out three. He got Altuve to end the fifth on a hard grounder to Rafael Devers at third. First baseman Kyle Schwarber made a nice play to scoop the throw; replays showed he pulled his foot off the bag, but the Astros did not challenge the call.

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