Astros thump Red Sox in Game 1 of ALDS behind Jose Altuve’s three home runs

Houston Astros
topped the
Boston Red Sox
by an 8-2 final in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series on Thursday (box score). The Astros now possess a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series, with Game 2 scheduled to take place on Friday.

Here’s what you need to know about the Astros’ victory:

Altuve comes up big

Jose Altuve
, the Astros diminutive second baseman, has a good chance of bringing home this season’s AL Most Valuable Player Award. His performance in Game 1 won’t affect his chances, but it did add to what’s been a brilliant year.

Altuve, who homered 24 times and slashed .346/.410/.547 during the regular season, didn’t wait long into the postseason to strike. He hit a solo home run in his first at-bat against
Chris Sale

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