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Correa's time - Astros win ALCS opener with late HR

After hitting the tiebreaking homerun in the seventh inning, Carlos Correa stopped at the plate for a moment and tapped the spot where a watch would be. The Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Friday night in the AL Championship Series opener.

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Correa's time - Astros win ALCS opener with late HR

He screamed, "It's mine time," before he started to run around the bases.

It is.

Even if his time with Astros ends at the end, the Astros star shortstop is sure to make this October memorable.

Jose Altuve and Correa worked together to defeat Kike Hernandez's heroics, who was a star with his bat for the wild-card Red Sox.

Altuve tied it in the sixth with a run-scoring double, before Correa scored two runs to tie the game in the seventh. Correa also connected with Hansel Robles, the Astros' losing pitcher, with two outs of the seventh to make it 4-3.

Correa, who has been with Astros since 2012 when he was selected first overall, is a free agent at season's conclusion and it seems unlikely that he will remain in Houston.

Correa's history includes 18 home runs in the postseason for Houston, many of which were made in crucial, late situations.

Correa declared, "Playoff time baby."

He said, "We want to be in front of the camera." "We want to be in this moment."

Hernandez, who was part of the Dodgers' World Series win, scored twice with his four hits. He also likely saved many runs with two great catches.

Ryan Pressly, who started the ninth, was closer to his second homer and reduced the lead to 5-4. Pressly saved the save by retiring the three remaining batters.

Houston hosts Game 2 on Saturday.

The Astros led 4-3 when they loaded the bases. In the eighth, Hirokazu Sawamura threw Martin Maldonado to the plate. Houston provided some insurance when Yuli Guriel scored on Altuve's sacrifice fly to make it 5-3. Hernandez was a great throw.

Hernandez has been hot for the Red Sox in October with 13 hits in his four last games. This set a new MLB record for most hits in four games in one postseason. He surpasses Billy Hatcher (1999), Marquis Grissom (95), Hideki Miatsui (2004), and Randy Arozarena (2010) who all had 11.

"Enrique is en fuego," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

Chas McCormick walked with one out in the sixth. Altuve made it four players in MLB history who have hit at least 20 homers in the postseason with his shot to Tanner Houck's left-center. This tied the record at 3.

Hernandez scored a run with his homer to centerfield that he soared to the top of the batting order to make it a 3-run third. It tied it at 1 all.

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