Yordan Alvarez delivered the go-ahead RBI single and Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning Friday afternoon for the host Houston Astros, who took a commanding lead in the American League Division Series by beating the Chicago White Sox 9-4 in Game 2 of the best-of-five set.
The Astros will take a 2-0 series lead to Chicago for Game 3, scheduled for Sunday.
Only 10 baseball teams have come back from an 0-2 deficit to win a best-of-five series, most recently the New York Yankees against the Cleveland Indians in the 2017 AL Division Series.
The White Sox, who never led in a 6-1 loss in Game 1 Thursday, scored three runs in the fifth -- via RBI singles by Luis Robert and Jose Abreu and a sacrifice fly by Yasmani Grandal -- to take a 4-2 lead.
But the Astros wasted no time beginning to come back against the White Sox, who were 85-10 in regular season games in which they held a two-run lead. Chicago starter Lucas Giolito issued a leadoff walk to Jose Altuve and exited after walking Alex Bregman with one out. Garrett Crochet entered and walked Alvarez before giving up a two-run single to Yuri Gurriel.
The top of the order again keyed the go-ahead surge against Aaron Bummer (0-1) in the seventh. Altuve led off with a single against Bummer and Brantley struck out before Bregman singled Altuve to third. Alvarez followed with an RBI single to chase Bummer.
Craig Kimbrel retired Gurriel on a liner to right before Carlos Correa laced a two-run double. Tucker then hit a long homer to left on a 1-0 pitch.
It was the third RBI of the game for Tucker, who opened the scoring for the Astros with an RBI single in the second. Chas McCormick gave Houston a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Ryne Stanek (1-0), the fourth of six Astros pitchers, allowed one hit and struck out two in the seventh.
Eloy Jimenez put the White Sox ahead 1-0 with a run-scoring fielder's choice in the first.
Astros starter Framber Valdez allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings. Giolito also gave up four runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four.
Boston 14, Tampa Bay 6
J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning and collected four hits in his return to action as the Boston Red Sox routed the Tampa Bay Rays 14-6 in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Red Sox leveled the series at a game apiece behind 20 hits, including five from Enrique Hernandez, tying the all-time postseason record.
Game 3 is Sunday afternoon in Boston.
Martinez sat out Tuesday's wild-card game against the New York Yankees and the ALDS opener due to a sprained left ankle. He put Boston up 8-5 when he drove a 2-2 slider from Matt Wisler over the center field fence just out of the reach of Kevin Kiermaier's leaping attempt.
Hernandez hit a game-tying homer off Collin McHugh (0-1) to start the fifth after Xander Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo hit back-to-back homers in the third. Rafael Devers padded the lead with a two-run blast in the eighth.
Jordan Luplow hit a grand slam to cap a five-run first inning for the Rays. Ji-Man Choi homered in the sixth after umpires confirmed a fan in the left field seats did not interfere.
For the second straight game, the Red Sox got a short outing from their starter. After Eduardo Rodriguez lasted 1 2/3 innings Thursday, Chris Sale was lifted after allowing five runs on four hits in a 30-pitch opening frame.
Sale allowed a grand slam for the first time with Boston when Luplow followed Yandy Diaz's RBI single by blasting an 0-2 fastball into the left field seats to put Tampa Bay ahead 5-2.