Correa, Alvarez help Astros take 2-0 lead over Sox in ALDS


Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates after hitting a two-run double against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates after hitting a two-run double against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Houston Astros' Kyle Tucker, right, celebrates his two-run homer against the Chicago White Sox with teammate Carlos Correa (1) during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts after giving up a two-run homer to Houston Astros' Kyle Tucker during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros are relentless at the plate and in the field.

That’s why they are so tough to beat in the playoffs.

Correa hit a two-run double during Houston’s five-run seventh inning, and the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Friday for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.

Kyle Tucker homered and drove in three runs as the Astros moved within one win of their fifth straight appearance in the AL Championship Series. Alex Bregman had two hits and scored twice, and Jose Altuve made a couple of big plays.

Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Sunday night in Chicago.

The Astros grabbed the lead for good on Yordan Alvarez’s tiebreaking RBI single off Aaron Bummer (0-1) with one out in the seventh. Craig Kimbrel then took over and retired Yuli Gurriel before Correa’s drive to right sailed just past a sprinting Leury García.

Correa screamed and gestured to the crowd to yell with him as he reached second. The star shortstop is eligible for free agency after this season, and it’s going to be quite costly for the AL West champion Astros to keep him.

Tucker then punctuated the inning with his drive to the seats in left, lifting Houston to a 9-4 lead.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates after hitting a two-run double against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/10/web1_127379977-f01afe7932504b67a5af9114744db65c.jpgHouston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates after hitting a two-run double against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker, right, celebrates his two-run homer against the Chicago White Sox with teammate Carlos Correa (1) during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/10/web1_127379977-9e5129355f514d12b0c3e258c2ce4e64.jpgHouston Astros’ Kyle Tucker, right, celebrates his two-run homer against the Chicago White Sox with teammate Carlos Correa (1) during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts after giving up a two-run homer to Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/10/web1_127379977-a03ecb94a1b047ecad630c959560a454.jpgChicago White Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts after giving up a two-run homer to Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker during the seventh inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)