Astros vs. Red Sox live score, updates, highlights from Game 6 of 2021 ALCS



After falling a game short of making the World Series last year, the Astros have a chance to make it there this year as Game 6 of the ALCS gets underway on Friday.

The Astros seem to have the momentum heading into the game; they’ve won two in a row and put up nine runs in both games. They were also helped by strong pitching performances, specifically by Framber Valdez in Game 5. He threw eight innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and striking out five.

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In Game 6, it will be Luis Garcia on the mound for the Astros and Nathan Eovaldi for the Red Sox in a rematch of Game 2, which Boston won 9-5. Both pitchers struggled in their most recent outings, however. 

Garcia lasted just one inning in Game 2, giving up five earned runs on two hits and three walks, including a grand slam to J.D. Martinez. He hasn’t pitched since then. Eovaldi saw action in Game 4 on Tuesday. 

After pitching well in Game 2 and earning the win (5 1/3 innings, three earned runs), he took the loss in Game 4 when he lasted just two-thirds of an inning in relief and gave up four earned runs on two hits and two walks. Eovaldi claimed he fell victim to bad umpiring by Laz Diaz behind the plate, and that that was part of the reason the Astros were able to mount a comeback capped by a seven-run ninth inning.

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The Astros are hoping for a bounceback from Garcia as they try to earn the franchise’s first World Series berth since 2017 and manager Dusty Baker’s first since 2002. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are looking for Eovaldi to return to Game 2 form and tie the series 3-3 to force a decisive Game 7.

Sporting News is tracking the live score, updates and highlights throughout Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Follow below for complete coverage.

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9:58 p.m.: Schwarber sends a deep fly ball to left center but Brantley is there to make the play. Two outs in the top of the sixth.

9:56 p.m.: Garcia strikes out Santana on a beautiful changeup, his seventh K of the game. Still yet to allow a hit.

9:55 p.m.: Danny Santana comes in to pinch hit for Kevin Plawecki

Bottom fifth

9:52 p.m.: Through five full innings as Taylor induces a grounder by Bregman to end the inning.

9:48 p.m.: Taylor’s first pitch results in Brantley reaching on a fielder’s choice. Impressive slide into second for Devers to get the out but Brantley beats it out to first.

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9:45 p.m.: Altuve chases a cutter that he had no chance of hitting for the first out and the final out of Eovaldi’s night.

9:42 p.m.: Catcher Martin Maldonado lines one to left field for a base hit, his first of the series. One on, no out to start the bottom of the fifth.

Top fifth

9:37 p.m.: Garcia records back-to-back K’s as Renfroe goes down swinging at the cutter.

9:35 p.m.: Another strikeout for Garcia as he gets Arroyo to chase an ugly cutter down and out of the zone.

9:33 p.m.: Verdugo lines It right into the shift where Alex Bregman has him played perfectly for the first out.

Bottom fourth

9:29 p.m.: Eovaldi strikes out the side as McCormick chases the curveball. Eovaldi quickly got into and out of trouble and it remains a 1-0 lead.

9:27 p.m.: Yuli Gurriel draws the Intentional walk to load the bases for Chas McCormick. Two outs and the Astros are clinging to a 1-0 lead.

9:26 p.m.: Another K for Eovaldi as he gets Kyle Tucker to chase the curveball. Two outs.

9:23 p.m.: Eovaldi notches his first K of the night as Correa chases out of the zone for the first out of the inning.

9:20 p.m.: Alvarez hits his second double of the game, taking this one the opposite way against the shift. Runners on second and third with no outs to start the fourth.

9:16 p.m.: Bregman with his second hit of the day to lead off the third. He pulls a four-seamer on the ground to give the Astros a baserunner.

Top fourth

9:13 p.m.: Garcia continues mowing down the Red Sox. Gets his fourth K of the game and gets Martinez to chase for the second time. He pulls the string on an 89 mph cutter to end the inning.

9:10 p.m.: Bogaerts quickly grounds out to Bregman for the second out.

9:08 p.m.: Rafael Devers skies it to Correa on the infield for the first out.

Bottom third

9:04 p.m.: It’s a seven-pitch AB for Michael Brantley, who gets jammed and pops it up to end the inning. Longest AB of the game by either side so far.

9:00 p.m.: Altuve swings at the first pitch yet again, this one an easy fly out to the center fielder Hernandez. Two down.

8:59 p.m.: Catcher Martin Maldonado grounds out to start the Astros’ half of the third.

Top third

8:54 p.m.: Hernandez flies out to center fielder Chas McCormick to end the top of the third. Garcia’s at 41 pitches and has 29 strikes so far.

8:53 p.m.: Garcia gets his third K of the game and second against Kyle Schwarber. This one on a 97.5 mph four-seamer.

8:51 p.m.: Yuli Gurriel saves an error after the ball kicks off Alex Bregman’s glove and he overthrows it. Gurriel still able to come down with it and applies the tag. One out here in the top of the third.

Bottom second

8:46 p.m.: Alex Verdugo flashes the leather and makes an impressive sliding catch to end the second inning. Astros still lead 1-0.

8:45 p.m.: Yuli Gurriel flies out easily to Hernandez and this inning is breezing by.

8:44 p.m.: Kyle Tucker grounds out to start the bottom of the second.

Top second

8:40 p.m.: No harm done after Verdugo reached on the walk as Hunter Renfroe pops up to Altuve to end the inning.

8:38 p.m.: Two outs now for the Red Sox as Arroyo pops up to Altuve. He didn’t see a pitch in the zone in the entire at-bat.

8:34 p.m.: Garcia walks Alex Verdugo on five pitches. He’s the first batter Garcia fell behind to this point.

8:31 p.m.: Garcia gets his second K of the game on a 97.2 m.p.h fastball. Garcia saw four four-seamers all for strikes and a cutter for a ball. Velocity well over 96 on the four-seamers.

Bottom of the first

8:28 p.m: This time the ball’s hit to Hernandez again but he has no problems with it as Carlos Correa flies out to end the first inning.

8:25 p.m.: DOUBLE for Alvarez as the ball hits right off the heel of Hernandez’s glove and drops. Bregman scores and it’s 1-0 Astros with two outs in the bottom of the first.

8:24 p.m.: Alex Bregman takes a 1-0 slider and drives it left field for a single and the first hit of the game. Two outs in the bottom of the first with Yordan Alavarez up.

8:23 p.m.: Michael Brantley pops out to Arroyo and Eovaldi’s gotten two outs on three pitches so far.

8:22 p.m.: Altuve swings at the first pitch and grounds It to Christian Arroyo who’s there for an easy out.

Top of the first

8:18 p.m.: Bogaerts grounds out to Bregman on a one-hopper and he makes the easy throw to first for the third and final out. Astros due up now in the bottom of the first

8:16 p.m.: Schwarber advances to third on a flyout to center field after a nice tag up. Brings up Xander Bogaerts with two outs and a man on third.

8:11 p.m.: Altuve makes a nice diving play to save a hit by Kiké Hernandez and throws him out at first from his knees. Schwarber advances to second.

8:10 p.m.: Schwarber strikes out on a breaking ball in the dirt, but it’s a wild pitch that Martin Maldonado can’t hang on to. Schwarber hustles down to first and it gives the Red Sox their first baserunner of the game.

8:09 p.m.: Kyle Schwarber will lead things off for Boston against Luis Garcia. According to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal, Garcia will have a short leash tonight and it could be a bullpen game for the Astros.

What channel is Astros vs. Red Sox on today?

Fox will continue its coverage of the American League postseason with the airing of ALCS Game 6. Joe Buck will be calling play-by-play with John Smoltz and Jeff Francoeur providing analysis. Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal will be the field reporters.

Those hoping to stream the game can find it on the Fox Sports app or on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

In Canada, all postseason games are available on Sportsnet and SN1.

Astros vs. Red Sox start time

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 22
  • First pitch: 8:08 p.m. ET

Astros vs. Red Sox is scheduled to start at 8:08 p.m. ET on Friday.

MLB playoff schedule 2021

National League

Wild-card game

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Wed., Oct. 6 Cardinals at Dodgers 8:10 p.m. TBS 3-1, LAD

Division Series

TBS will handle the broadcast for all NLDS games in both series.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Fri., Oct. 8 Dodgers at Giants, Game 1 9:37 p.m. TBS 4-0, SF
Fri., Oct. 8 Braves at Brewers, Game 1 4:37 p.m. TBS 2-1, MIL
Sat., Oct. 9 Dodgers at Giants, Game 2 9:07 p.m. TBS 9-2, LAD
Sat., Oct. 9 Braves at Brewers, Game 2 5:07 p.m. TBS 3-0, ATL
Mon., Oct. 11 Giants at Dodgers, Game 3 9:37 p.m. TBS 1-0, SF
Mon., Oct. 11 Brewers at Braves, Game 3 1:07 p.m. TBS 3-0, ATL
Tue., Oct. 12 Giants at Dodgers, Game 4 9:07 p.m. TBS 7-2, LAD
Tue., Oct. 12 Brewers at Braves, Game 4 5:15 p.m. TBS 5-4, ATL
Thu., Oct. 14 Dodgers at Giants, Game 5* 9:07 p.m. TBS 2-1, LAD

*If necessary

Championship Series

TBS will continue its National League playoff coverage with coverage of every NLCS game.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Sat., Oct. 16 Dodgers at Braves, Game 1 8:07 p.m. TBS 3-2, ATL
Sun., Oct. 17 Dodgers at Braves, Game 2 7:38 p.m. TBS 5-4, ATL
Tue., Oct. 19 Braves at Dodgers, Game 3 5:08 p.m. TBS 6-5, LAD
Wed., Oct. 20 Braves at Dodgers, Game 4 8:08 p.m. TBS 9-2, ATL
Thu., Oct. 21 Braves at Dodgers, Game 5 8:08 p.m. TBS 11-2, LAD
Sat., Oct. 23 Dodgers at Braves, Game 6 5:08 p.m. TBS
Sun., Oct. 24 Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* 7:38 p.m. TBS

* If necessary.

American League

Wild-card game

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tue., Oct. 5 Yankees at Red Sox 8:08 p.m. ESPN 6-2, BOS

Division Series

MLB Network and FS1 will carry all the ALDS games, until potential Game 5s, which would be broadcast exclusively on FS1.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Thu., Oct. 7 Red Sox at Rays, Game 1 8:07 p.m. FS1 5-0, TB
Thu., Oct. 7 White Sox at Astros, Game 1 4:07 p.m. FS1 6-1, HOU
Fri., Oct. 8 Red Sox at Rays, Game 2 7:02 p.m. FS1 14-6, BOS
Fri., Oct. 8 White Sox at Astros, Game 2 2:07 p.m. MLB Network 9-4, HOU
Sun., Oct. 10 Rays at Red Sox, Game 3 4:07 p.m. MLB Network 6-4 (13), BOS
Sun., Oct. 10 Astros at White Sox, Game 3 8:07 p.m. FS1 12-6, CHI
Mon., Oct. 11 Rays at Red Sox, Game 4 7:07 p.m. FS1 6-5, BOS
Tue., Oct. 12 Astros at White Sox, Game 4 2:07 p.m. FS1 10-1, HOU

*If necessary.

Championship Series

Fox and FS1 will split coverage of the ALCS.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Fri., Oct. 15 Red Sox at Astros, Game 1 8:07 p.m. Fox 5-4, HOU
Sat., Oct. 16 Red Sox at Astros, Game 2 4:20 p.m. Fox 9-5, BOS
Mon., Oct. 18 Astros at Red Sox, Game 3 8:07 p.m. Fox/FS1 12-3, BOS
Tue., Oct. 19 Astros at Red Sox, Game 4 8:08 p.m. FS1 9-2, HOU
Wed., Oct. 20 Astros at Red Sox, Game 5 5:08 p.m. FS1 9-1, HOU
Fri., Oct. 22 Red Sox at Astros, Game 6 8:08 p.m. FS1
Sat., Oct. 23 Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* 8:08 p.m. Fox/FS1

* If necessary.

World Series schedule

Every World Series game will be on Fox.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tue., Oct. 26 TBD at TBD, Game 1 TBD Fox
Wed., Oct. 27 TBD at TBD, Game 2 TBD Fox
Fri., Oct. 29 TBD at TBD, Game 3 TBD Fox
Sat., Oct. 30 TBD at TBD, Game 4 TBD Fox
Sun., Oct. 31 TBD at TBD, Game 5* TBD Fox
Tue., Nov. 2 TBD at TBD, Game 6* TBD Fox
Wed., Nov. 3 TBD at TBD, Game 7* TBD Fox

* If necessary.


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