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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11:34 p.m.: Kiké Hernandez flies out to Chas McCormick in centerfield. Two outs remaining for the Astros.

Bottom eighth

11:29 p.m.: Gurriel steals second but McCormick pops out to end the eighth. Astros are three outs away from being World Series bound

11:27 p.m. Following the Tucker homer, Yuli Gurriel sends a single to left field and the Astros' success with two outs continues.

11:25 p.m.: HOME RUN ASTROS as Kyle Tucker launches a three-run shot with two outs in the eighth to make it a 5-0 Astros lead.

11:21 p.m.: Correa sends a chopper to Devers who gets the force at third, but allows Correa to reach on the fielders choice and sends Alvarez to second. Two outs now in the bottom of the eighth.

11:16 p.m.: Alvarez Is 4-for-4 tonight as he sends a ball up in the zone right back up the middle for a single. Sends Michael Brantley to second and sends Tanner Houck packing for the Red Sox.

11:14 p.m.: Bregman pops it up for the first out of the inning.

11:12 p.m.: Brantley singles on a sharp line drive to center field to open the eighth inning.

Top eighth

11:07 p.m.: Schwarber pops it up to Correa on the infield. The Astros are due up in the bottom of the eighth up 2-0.

11:02 p.m.: Ryne Stanek jams Vazquez and pops out to first baseman Yuli Gurriel.

10:58 p.m.: Bobby Dalbec flies out to centerfielder Chas McCormick.

Top seventh

10:45 p.m.: Martin Maldonado makes the throw of the series. The Houston catcher nabs Alex Verdugo for an inning-ending strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play that keeps Boston off the board. The Sox put runners at the corners with one out, but then Travis Shaw swung through a 3-2 pitch from Graveman and Maldonado nailed Verdugo, who had taken off for second, with a laser-like throw.

10:31 p.m.: Kendall Graveman strikes out Xander Bogaerts looking to start the seventh.

Bottom sixth

10:25 p.m.: The inning comes to a close with the damage limited to just one run. Kendall Graveman in to pitch the top of the seventh for the Astros.

10:22 p.m.: The Astros hit into a double play but a run scores to make it 2-0 Astros. Ball was lined to first and Correa got caught too far off the bag and Schwarber put on the tag to get the out.

10:17 p.m.: Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck hits Correa, the fist batter he's faced tonight. Puts runners on the corners and no outs.

10:12 p.m.: Yordan Alvarez with his third extra-base hit of the game, this one a leadoff triple pulled into right field and he's in to third standing up.


10:10 p.m.: Christian Vazquez Is in behind the dish at catcher for the Red Sox

Top sixth

10:05 p.m.: Phil Maton called in to pitch for Garcia and get the final out of the inning and forces a high fly out to Correa. One pitch out of the bullpen and the damage is limited.

10:02 p.m.: Garcia gives up his first hit of the game and it's a big one — a triple that carems off the wall on a four-seamer. Garcia's night is done.

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.

RED SOX PITCHING CHANGE: Josh Taylor replaces Nate Eovaldi

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Wed., Oct. 6Cardinals at Dodgers8:10 p.m.TBS3-1, LAD

Division Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Fri., Oct. 8Dodgers at Giants, Game 19:37 p.m.TBS4-0, SF
Fri., Oct. 8Braves at Brewers, Game 14:37 p.m.TBS2-1, MIL
Sat., Oct. 9Dodgers at Giants, Game 29:07 p.m.TBS9-2, LAD
Sat., Oct. 9Braves at Brewers, Game 25:07 p.m.TBS3-0, ATL
Mon., Oct. 11Giants at Dodgers, Game 39:37 p.m.TBS1-0, SF
Mon., Oct. 11Brewers at Braves, Game 31:07 p.m.TBS3-0, ATL
Tue., Oct. 12Giants at Dodgers, Game 49:07 p.m.TBS7-2, LAD
Tue., Oct. 12Brewers at Braves, Game 45:15 p.m.TBS5-4, ATL
Thu., Oct. 14Dodgers at Giants, Game 5*9:07 p.m.TBS2-1, LAD

*If necessary

Championship Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Sat., Oct. 16Dodgers at Braves, Game 18:07 p.m.TBS3-2, ATL
Sun., Oct. 17Dodgers at Braves, Game 27:38 p.m.TBS5-4, ATL
Tue., Oct. 19Braves at Dodgers, Game 35:08 p.m.TBS6-5, LAD
Wed., Oct. 20Braves at Dodgers, Game 48:08 p.m.TBS9-2, ATL
Thu., Oct. 21Braves at Dodgers, Game 58:08 p.m.TBS11-2, LAD
Sat., Oct. 23Dodgers at Braves, Game 65:08 p.m.TBS--
Sun., Oct. 24Dodgers at Braves, Game 7*7:38 p.m.TBS--

* If necessary.

American League

Wild-card game

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tue., Oct. 5Yankees at Red Sox8:08 p.m.ESPN6-2, BOS

Division Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Thu., Oct. 7Red Sox at Rays, Game 18:07 p.m.FS15-0, TB
Thu., Oct. 7White Sox at Astros, Game 14:07 p.m.FS16-1, HOU
Fri., Oct. 8Red Sox at Rays, Game 27:02 p.m.FS114-6, BOS
Fri., Oct. 8White Sox at Astros, Game 22:07 p.m.MLB Network9-4, HOU
Sun., Oct. 10Rays at Red Sox, Game 34:07 p.m.MLB Network6-4 (13), BOS
Sun., Oct. 10Astros at White Sox, Game 38:07 p.m.FS112-6, CHI
Mon., Oct. 11Rays at Red Sox, Game 47:07 p.m.FS16-5, BOS
Tue., Oct. 12Astros at White Sox, Game 42:07 p.m.FS110-1, HOU

*If necessary.

Championship Series

Fox and FS1 will split coverage of the ALCS.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Fri., Oct. 15Red Sox at Astros, Game 18:07 p.m.Fox5-4, HOU
Sat., Oct. 16Red Sox at Astros, Game 24:20 p.m.Fox9-5, BOS
Mon., Oct. 18Astros at Red Sox, Game 38:07 p.m.Fox/FS112-3, BOS
Tue., Oct. 19Astros at Red Sox, Game 48:08 p.m.FS19-2, HOU
Wed., Oct. 20Astros at Red Sox, Game 55:08 p.m.FS19-1, HOU
Fri., Oct. 22Red Sox at Astros, Game 68:08 p.m.FS1--
Sat., Oct. 23Red Sox at Astros, Game 7*8:08 p.m.Fox/FS1--

* If necessary.

World Series schedule

Every World Series game will be on Fox.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tue., Oct. 26TBD at TBD, Game 1TBDFox--
Wed., Oct. 27TBD at TBD, Game 2TBDFox--
Fri., Oct. 29TBD at TBD, Game 3TBDFox--
Sat., Oct. 30TBD at TBD, Game 4TBDFox--
Sun., Oct. 31TBD at TBD, Game 5*TBDFox--
Tue., Nov. 2TBD at TBD, Game 6*TBDFox--
Wed., Nov. 3TBD at TBD, Game 7*TBDFox--

* If necessary.