The grim news, he's still saving them. "Baby steps are baby steps", Price said after the outing. But at least, now, he can say his team has won a postseason game he started. "But I came here to win, period". To win a World Series and do it multiple times. I understand the narratives. (19) hits a three RBI double during third inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. But this is bigger than David Price. Cole put himself in deeper trouble by throwing away a Bogaerts chopper in front of the mound and Devers singled through the left side two batters later double the Red Sox cushion.
Price was spotted a two-run lead in the first inning and then fell behind 4-2 before Bradley clanged one off the left-field wall that Gonzalez chased helplessly as it bounced back toward the infield.
Despite the loss in game two, the Astros have put themselves in the driver's seat and have the chance to close out the series at home this week. Ryan Brasier pitched a scoreless inning and erstwhile starter Rick Porcello set the Astros down 1-2-3 in the eighth.
In the third inning, Marwin Gonzalez cleared the Monster off David Price.
But rather than hearing boos rain down from the Fenway Faithful, Price was given a standing ovation as he walked off the mound.
Price followed it with a sharply hit double to Martin Maldonado - who came in to last night hitting.091 in the postseason - so that was definitely on him. "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have, but our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together". By winning a game in Boston, the Astros have seized home-field advantage the rest of the way, but the Red Sox are alive in a big way after beating Cole on Sunday night.
With some sloppy work from the battery to ignite it, the Astros found out just how explosive in the seventh when Betts added an insurance run. Springer now leads off and Altuve bats second. Betts cracked a leadoff double off the Bleacher Bar in center and Andrew Benintendi lashed a first-pitch fastball into right center for an RBI single, making it 1-0. Boston was threatening to blow Game 2 of the American League Championship Series open early, a missed opportunity that looked to be a painful one by the next time Bradley stepped to the plate.
The Red Sox hit him harder than anyone has in quite a while on Sunday, however, a needed offensive outburst to counter Price's minor woes. The 28-year-old Cole allowed a season-high five runs and surrendered six hits - all of them on fastballs - in six innings.
Games 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven series will also be played at the Juice Box before the series returns to Boston for Games 6 and 7.
Hinch said of Gonzalez, "He got back to the wall". He flied out to right field on the next pitch.
Cora said that Sale's condition didn't effect his performance in Game 1.
Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness after he pitched in the series opener.
Price wasn't great on Sunday night, but he wasn't all-around bad either.
And the bullpen had leaked but mostly held against the Yankees, so there was some hope in Boston that if the starters could perform, the Astros might run out of game.