Astros Rip Red Sox In Game 1

The American League's reigning batting champion showcased his power in leading the Astros to a rout of the Red Sox in Game 1 of their division series.

Jose Altuve banged out three solo shots to support Justin Verlander as Houston rolled to an 8-2 win over Boston at Minute Maid Park.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve went deep twice against Red Sox starter Chris Sale and became the ninth player in post-season history to homer three times in a game when he sent an Austin Maddox pitch over the wall in the seventh inning.

Altuve is the first player to homer three times in a post-season game since Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval against the Tigers in the 2012 World Series. Babe Ruth did it twice.

Verlander picked up the win and remains unbeaten since the Astros acquired him from Detroit on Aug. 31. The right-hander was reached for two runs and six hits over six innings after going 6-0 with a 1.06 ERA for Houston in September.