Kyle Schwarber smacked Boston’s third grand slam in the past two games as the Red Sox powered to a 12-3 rout of the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox finished the night with four homers while taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Schwarber’s second-inning slam into the right field bleachers off Astros starter Jose Urquidy (0-1) capped a six-run inning and sent the Fenway Park faithful into a frenzy.
Boston became the first team with three grand slams in the same postseason series.
JD Martinez and Rafael Devers each hit one in the Red Sox’s 9-5 win at Houston in Game 2 on Saturday.
Christian Arroyo (three RBIs) and Martinez (2-for-3) each had two-run homers on Monday, Devers added a solo blast and Christian Vazquez (2-for-4) had a pair of RBIs for the Red Sox.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (1-0) allowed three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven over six innings.
Game 3 winners when the ALCS was tied at one game apiece have gone on to win the series 78 per cent (18 of 23) of the time.
“It’s been fantastic,” Schwarber said of Boston’s offence.
“Ever since the playoffs started, I felt like we’ve done a really good job collectively as a group.”