José Altuve Drills 3 Home Runs, Outscores The Red Sox By Himself

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Because it’s the 2017 postseason, at least one starter had to get roughed up in Game 1 of the ALDS between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox.

And it wasn’t Houston’s Justin Verlander.

Instead, Boston’s Chris Sale was rudely welcomed to Houston by Alex Bregman and José Altuve, who hit back-to-back jacks off the Red Sox ace to open the scoring.

Altuve wasn’t even close to done.

In the fifth inning, he took another Sale heater into pretty much the exact same part of the stadium.

Sale would return to the mound for the sixth inning, but failed to record an out in the frame, surrendering a walk and a double before giving way to Joe Kelly. Both inherited runners scored, concluding Sale’s night with seven earned runs against him through five innings of work.

“It’s a bad time to suck,” Sale said after the game. “I left a couple of bad pitches to good hitters over the plate. It sucks. I didn’t really give my team a chance to win. I put ’em in a hole early. They fought back and they fought back hard, and I gave it right back to them.”

Altuve wasn’t done making pitchers feel terrible about themselves.

He cranked his third home run of the day off Austin Maddox in the seventh.

The bomb put him in some esteemed company.

“I couldn’t believe any of my homers,” said Altuve, who claimed he’d never had a three-homer game at any level, after his team’s 8-2 victory. “I hit one and I was like, ‘Wow.’ And the second one is like, ‘Wow, what’s going on here?'”

How’d he feel after No. 3?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve got to wake up.”