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Red Sox tie up championship series with win over Astros

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Sidney Guerrero | 16 October, 2018, 07:52

Price didn't have the outing he would have liked, but he certainly enjoys the end result.

As you've probably already figured out, Price didn't do anything to reverse the narrative on Sunday night.

When Bradley came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the third, the Red Sox trailed 4-2 and, per basic win expectancy, had just a 36.9 percent of winning Game 2. I came here to win World Series and do it multiple times. "I understand the narratives".

The Red Sox had gone from two-run lead to two-run deficit in the third, and the Astros seemed poised to put a stranglehold on the series. That he started and lasted just 4 2/3 innings means that Price wasn't eligible for the win. Admittedly not at his sharpest, Price only had one clean inning but said the key was limiting the damage.

"From what I know, it's nothing serious, but obviously, whenever you have to go to the hospital you gotta be, quote-unquote, worried". Rick Porcello - who was the scheduled starter for Game 3 - struck out two in a one-two-three eighth - while closer Craig Kimbrel gave up a run in the ninth but earned his third save of the playoffs. As he left the field, many among the 37,960 Fenway Faithful offered up a standing ovation.

"It was definitely appreciated", Price said. "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have, but our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together".

Indeed, the last time the Astros failed to go deep in a playoff game was Game 5 of last year's ALCS against the Yankees. Springer now leads off and Altuve bats second.

An RBI double that inning by right fielder Mookie Betts brought home the final Boston run and gave Kimbrel an extra cushion.

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Betts, whose leadoff double in the first set up the Red Sox first run of the night added another two bagger in the eighth gave the Red Sox the converted touchdown.

He was terrific in the AL Division Series against Cleveland, striking out 12 while pitching seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory in Game 2.

The Red Sox needed their relievers to record 13 outs after Price's up-and-down performance. He retired the first two batters he faced, but Springer kept Houston's hopes alive with a two-out double.

It was the 14th consecutive post-season game that the World Series champs hit at least one out of the park, an all-time Major League Baseball playoff record. Marwin Gonzalez homered for the Astros, who had won five straight postseason games dating to Game 7 of the 2017 Series.

The wall exacted a little revenge on Gonzalez in the next inning, however. As the Houston right fielder chased a long, loud fly ball by the Red Sox.

Perhaps this explains the sub-par work of Red Sox ace Chris Sale in Saturday's Game 1 loss. "I felt that after I had got the count back to 2-1 that I was going to just try to execute a fastball down and away". Even though he's authored a number of playoff starts that range from adequate to downright good, there's no denying the overall numbers - 5.54 postseason ERA after his Game 2 start and a 10.06 postseason ERA as a member of the Red Sox. Although he couldn't get out of the fifth inning, he put his team in a position to win, which manager Alex Cora made sure to point out following Sunday night's victory.

On the local front, Houston was the No. 1 metered market, generating a 20.0 local rating, the highest-rated telecast ever for any program on TBS in the market while Boston generated a 19.8 HH rating, the best MLB Postseason telecast on TBS in the market since 2013.

Cole ran into trouble again in the third, thanks in part to Bradley (more on that below).

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