Live updates from Game 2 of the ALCS between Red Sox-Astros

Follow along for the latest from Fenway Park.

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Mookie Betts reacts with third base coach Carlos Febles after making to it third base on a past ball in the seventh inning. –Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

The Red Sox look to even their league championship series against the Houston Astros Sunday night at Fenway Park.

Behind a strong performance from starter Justin Verlander, Houston took Game 1, 7-2, to claim an early 1-0 series lead. Righthander Gerrit Cole will face off against lefty David Price in Game 2 Sunday, before the teams head to Houston.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:09 p.m.

Here are the latest updates from Fenway Park:

Ninth inning: Red Sox 7, Astros 5.

Top: Closer Craig Kimbrel replaced Porcello on the mound. Pinch-hitting for Martin Maldonado, Evan Gattis popped out to second base. Josh Reddick then struck out swinging. George Springer doubled to get on base, and Jose Altuve drove him in on an RBI single to narrow the gap to two runs. Bregman couldn’t keep the push going, however, flying out to end the inning. With the win, the Red Sox even the series at 1-1.

Eighth inning: Red Sox 7, Astros 4.

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Bottom: Rafael Devers singled to reach base for the third time tonight. Both Ian Kinsler and Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out swinging. Pinch-hitting for Christian Vazquez, Mitch Moreland singled to right field.

Righthander Hector Rondon replaced James on the mound.

Mookie Betts doubled on a line drive to center, driving in Devers and giving Boston a 7-4 lead. Rondon was then pulled, and Sipp — the lone lefty in Houston’s bullpen — entered the game. Benintendi flied out to end the inning.

Top: Righthander Rick Porcello entered the game for Brasier. Porcello retired the side in order, striking out two of the three batters he faced. His pitch count: 18.

Seventh inning: Red Sox 6, Astros 4.

Bottom: Righthander Lance McCullers Jr. replaced Cole on the mound. Cole pitched six innings, gave up six hits, struck out five, and walked two. He finished with 90 pitches (56 strikes). Righthander Josh James and lefthander Tony Sipp also started warming in the bullpen.

Mookie Betts walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch that struck out Andrew Benintendi. During J.D. Martinez’s at-bat, Betts advanced again after McCullers’s pitch got past Maldonado. Martinez worked a 3-2 count but struck out swinging.

During Xander Bogaerts’s at-bat, another pitch got past Maldonado and allowed Betts to score, extending Boston’s lead to 6-4. James replaced McCullers on the mound. James walked Bogaerts on four pitches before Steve Pearce grounded out.

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Top: Brasier replaced Barnes on the mound. After George Springer flied out and Jose Altuve lined out, Alex Bregman walked. Yuli Gurriel grounded out to end the inning. Brasier’s pitch count: 19.

Sixth inning: Red Sox 5, Astros 4.

Bottom: Cole retired the side in order. His pitch count: 90.

Top: Righthander Ryan Brasier started warming in the bullpen. Barnes retired the side in order. His pitch count: 15.

Fifth inning: Red Sox 5, Astros 4.

Bottom: Cole retired the side in order. His pitch count: 81.

Top: Jose Altuve grounded out to start the inning. Steve Pearce, once again, had to stretch to record the out. Alex Bregman walked and advanced to second after Yuli Gurriel grounded out. Righthander Matt Barnes started warming in the bullpen. Price walked Tyler White on four pitches and was pulled by Cora.

Price pitched 4⅔ innings, gave up five hits, struck out four, and walked four. He finished with 80 pitches (50 strikes). Although he walked off the mound with the lead, Price cannot qualify for the win because he pitched less than five innings.

Barnes entered the game with two inherited base runners, but he struck out Marwin Gonzalez to maintain Boston’s 5-4 lead.

Fourth inning: Red Sox 5, Astros 4.

Bottom: Righthander Joe Smith started warming in the bullpen. Cole retired the side in order. His pitch count: 71.

Top: Martin Maldonado struck out swinging to open the inning. Price retired the side in order. His pitch count: 64.

Third inning: Red Sox 5, Astros 4.

Bottom: J.D. Martinez struck out swinging to open the inning. Xander Bogaerts singled on a hard-hit ball up the middle, and Steve Pearce doubled off the Green Monster to put runners on second and third. While trying to field Pearce’s ball, Astros left-fielder Marwin Gonzalez crashed his back into the wall and required medical attention. He remained in the game.

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Cole walked Devers on four pitches to load the bases.

Ian Kinsler struck out swinging for the second out of the inning.

Jackie Bradley Jr. then hit a double to the corner of left field, driving in Bogaerts, Pearce, and Devers to put Boston back on top 5-4. Christian Vazquez struck out swinging to end the inning. Cole’s pitch count: 64.

Top: After Alex Bregman popped out, Yuli Gurriel singled on a sharp ground ball to center. Price then got Tyler White to fly out on the first pitch of his at-bat. The next hitter, Marwin Gonzalez, however, launched a booming homer over the Green Monster to put the Astros up 4-2. Carlos Correa flied out to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 54. Fifty-one of his pitches have been between 87-93 mph.

Gonzalez’s blast had an exit velocity of 102.9 mph.

Second inning: Red Sox 2, Astros 2.

Bottom: Cole retired the side in order. His pitch count: 34.

Top: Marwin Gonzalez started the inning with a groundout. Carlos Correa reached after beating out a throw to first by Xander Bogaerts, and Martin Maldonado hit a line drive down the third-base line to put runners on second and third.

After Josh Reddick popped out, George Springer muscled a hit past Steve Pearce just inside the first-base line. Correa and Maldonado both scored to tie things up at two. Jose Altuve struck out swinging to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 39. Thirty-eight of his pitches have been fastballs; the other was a changeup.

Springer’s two-run double extended his postseason hit streak to 11 games — an Astros record.

First inning: Red Sox 2, Astros 0.

Bottom: Lead-off hitter Mookie Betts reached second on a double off the centerfield wall. Andrew Benintendi drove in Betts on a single ripped to right field, giving the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead. After J.D. Martinez lined out, Xander Bogaerts hit a soft tapper back to the pitcher, but Cole’s throw went over first baseman Yuli Gurriel’s head. Benintendi advanced to third, and Bogaerts took second.

Cole then walked Steve Pearce on four pitches.

With the bases loaded, Rafael Devers drilled a ground ball into left field for a base hit. Benintendi scored to extend Boston’s lead to 2-0, and righthander Collin McHugh started warming in Houston’s bullpen. Ian Kinsler struck out swinging and Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out to end the inning. Cole’s pitch count: 25.

Top: David Price’s first pitch was a 91.2 mph fastball way outside. Two pitches later, Houston’s lead-off hitter George Springer popped out. The next batter, Jose Altuve, worked a 3-2 count and walked on seven pitches. Alex Bregman also worked a 3-2 count and walked on six pitches to put runners on first and second. Price struck out Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White to end the inning. His pitch count: 22.

Pre-game

The Red Sox announced their lineup: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Steve Pearce 1B, Rafael Devers 3B, Ian Kinsler 2B, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, and Christian Vazquez C.

Kinsler replaces Brock Holt at second base, Devers replaces Eduardo Núñez at third, and Vazquez replaces Sandy Leon at catcher.

The Astros announced their lineup: George Springer CF, José Altuve 2B, Alex Bregman 3B, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Tyler White DH, Marwin González LF, Carlos Correa SS, Martín Maldonado, and Josh Reddick RF.

Manager Alex Cora did not name his Game 3 starter: Cora said either righthander Rick Porcello or righthander Nathan Eovaldi will be available out of the bullpen Sunday. In the ALDS, Porcello pitched ⅔ of an inning against the Yankees before starting Game 4. Eovaldi has not yet been used in relief this postseason. 

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