Red Sox smash 2 grand slams in first 2 innings of ALCS Game 2

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They know a little about moonshots in Houston.

The Boston Red Sox hit two grand slams in the first two innings to go up 8-0 in ALCS Game 2 in Houston on Saturday afternoon, becoming the first team to ever hit multiple grand slams in a playoff game.

J.D. Martinez put the first 4 runs on the board with an opposite field blast off Astros starter Luis Garcia.

Unsurprisingly, Garcia was not long for the game. After walking light-hitting Boston catcher Kevin Plawecki to lead off the second, he exited with an injury. That triggered a long delay, as traditional starter Jake Odorizzi was allowed to go through his entire warm-up before entering the game.

In 221 career appearances, including the postseason, it was only the fifth time Odorizzi entered a game as a reliever.

When he finally started throwing pitches, after a more than 20 minute delay, things did not go well for the home team. Christian Arroyo and Kiké Hernandez quickly joined Plawecki on the bases.

Rafael Devers brought them in, pulling his grand slam down the right field line.

Boston’s accomplishment was unique for the postseason, but it happened three times before in regular season games. The 1961 Orioles, 1984 Red Sox and this year’s Dodgers each had games with grand slams in each of the first two innings, according to MLB’s Sarah Langs. The Dodgers did it May 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Down 8-0, the Astros left Odorizzi in to eat innings and allow more runs. Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi was cruising, despite not throwing a pitch for more than 35 minutes at one point because of the long delay.

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