Astros pile on late, rout Red Sox in ALCS Game 1

Astros pile on late, rout Red Sox in ALCS Game 1

Astros pile on late, rout Red Sox in ALCS Game 1

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday night, with Boston left-hander David Price trying to end his post-season skid against Astros righty Gerrit Cole. One thing I took last night - it was a 3-2 game going into the ninth.

Price just missed out on his first playoff win as a starter, allowing four earned runs on five hits, and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. Correa's go-ahead hit came a half-inning after Boston tied the game on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch, both by winning pitcher Justin Verlander.

Matt Barnes struck out Gonzalez to end the inning and then pitched a flawless sixth to earn the victory.

His statistics do not account for the times his managers left him in as he clearly exhausted, or for his two-run complete game in the '13 Game 163 tiebreaker that sent his Rays to the playoffs, or for his 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 postseason relief innings, but they tell a story, and Price knows what it is.

Kimbrel, however, induced a fly out from Bregman to secure the win. Benintendi singled to score Betts and scored himself on a single by Rafael Devers, who was making his first appearance of the series. George Springer ripped a groundball past Eduardo Nunez at third base to drive in two runs. He fell to the warning track, but after the training staff and manger AJ Hinch went out to check on him he stayed in the game. Bregman could have been retired on a would-be double play ball that was bobbled at third base by Nunez. He gave Boston a 7-4 lead with an RBI double in the eighth. Entering Sunday's game, Price's teams - he has pitched in the playoffs with Tampa Bay, Detroit and Toronto in his 11-year career - had gone 0-10 in the 10 career postseason starts he had made.

Sunday's was a odd 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. After Alex Bregman worked a two-out walk, Brasier got Yuli Gurriel to ground into a fielder's choice.

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Cora noted that Price was very confident coming in, and Cora reciprocated that belief in his No. 2 starter. "It's a game that we know it's important, just like yesterday, just like the rest of the series", he said.

As Price left the field on this night, the crowd rose to applaud the pitcher they booed off the mound in the Division Series, and he tapped the brim of his cap. Marwin Gonzalez homered for the Astros, who had won five straight postseason games dating to Game 7 of the 2017 Series.

At this point, the Red Sox offense, specifically Jackie Bradley Jr., did Price a huge favor. Bradley never left the box, and claimed that the ball hit him, which would make it a foul ball. It's a big pitch right there.

David Price is still looking for his first postseason win as a starter.

Cora, in his first year as a manager, had been ejected just once during the regular season.

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