Red Sox pull even with Astros in ALCS

Astros Vs. Red Sox: ALCS Game 1 On TBS Tops Programming Across TV

On Sunday, Mookie Betts gave David Price the best gift he could have imagined: a night off from the narrative. The Red Sox, who have spent a lot of bullpen energy in the first two games, will have some decisions to make on who will start and how they will manage the pen going forward.

The acclaim was not a salute for a brilliant performance by Price, for it was not that at all. After being one-hit in a 1-0 loss to the Tigers in Game 1, the Sox were trailing 5-1 as they came to bat in the eighth inning of Game 2.

Price was fine. He wasn't Madison Bumgarner, but he gave the Sox a chance.

Price was not eligible for the victory because he did not last the five innings required by baseballs rules.

"We won. That's my first team win as a starter". "Thats my first team win as a starter".

So it was Sunday night in Boston, with the Sox down one game to none to the defending champion Houston Astros. Marwin Gonzalez homered for the Astros, who had won five straight postseason games dating to Game 7 of the 2017 Series.

For the Red Sox on Sunday, Price was effective enough.

"I was just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox", Price said at the time, reportedly punctuated with a grin. Ryan Brasier retired Yuli Gurriel with tying run on base to end a scoreless seventh, and Rick Porcello struck out two in a ideal eighth. His middling, 4⅔ -inning stint, which started poorly and ended tenuously, didn't gain him the first win in a postseason start in his career, but it put the Red Sox in position to win, which is more than he can usually say. He allowed two runs with four walks and a hit batter in four innings despite giving up just one hit. He then allowed a double to George Springer and a single to Jose Altuve, which cut the Astros deficit to two.

All four of those runs he allowed came with two outs.

Astros Vs. Red Sox: ALCS Game 1 On TBS Tops Programming Across TV

Though a one-run game for much of the night, the Red Sox added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to give some breathing room. Bregman only just missed getting all of a pitch from Kimbrel, as the ball he hit died in the shadow of the Green Monster to become the third and final out of the ninth.

Some excited Astros fans may have thought Bregman had gotten all of it, but he knew better.

Sunday's was a unusual game that featured nine runs and all sorts of drives launched off, over and beyond the classic green fences at Fenway in the first three innings, but not so much as another hit on either side until the bottom of the eighth. Matt Barnes replaced Price in the fifth, and got Gonzalez swinging to end the threat.

Price said he appreciated the standing ovation, and said his only concern was that the Red Sox win the game. That's what I'm about; I put myself aside. "This isnt about me". I understand the narratives. But this is bigger than David Price.

Clouds form over the grandstand before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 26, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. As Price left the field, the crowd rose to applaud the pitcher they booed off the mound in Game 2 of the Division Series, and he tapped the brim of his cap. A little bit of both. He retired the first two batters he faced, but Springer kept Houston's hopes alive with a two-out double.

The fastball stayed up in the zone, and Gonzalez crushed it.

Cole was of course outstanding during the regular season, but he wasn't entirely unfamiliar with first-inning fits and starts.

His winless streak as a postseason starter continues.

So who wins every playoff game? The jinx, perhaps, is starting to crumble. "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have tonight". "But our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together".

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