Red Sox Survive Astros' Challenge to Score Crucial Game 2 Victory

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The Boston offense gave Price a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run double by Jackie Bradley Jr., and he thanked them with a 1-2-3 top of the forth. For the Astros, it was their first loss of the 2018 postseason.

In 2013, the Boston Red Sox looked down and out in the AL Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. Ryan Brasier pitched a scoreless inning and erstwhile starter Rick Porcello set the Astros down 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Astros manager Hinch stuck with him through six innings however and the right-hander did settle down to retire the final nine batters he faced and keep the game close.

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.

David Price's team won a postseason game he started for the first time.

"This is bigger than David Price", he said on Sunday night. The big hit came in the third when a three-run double off the Green Monster bounced around the outfield and cleared the bases.

Price surrendered four runs off five hits and four walks, striking out four along the way.

In large measure, Price's Game 2 struggles from a lack of command of/confidence in his secondary pitches.

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The win ensured that that these teams will play at least a Game 5, in Houston.

Houston's Game 2 starter ran into some trouble in the first frame. Mookie Betts drove his 3-1 pitch off the wall in center, and Andrew Benintendi followed with an RBI single. J.D. Martinez lined out to second, and then Xander Bogaerts reached on an error by Cole. Devers then slapped a single to left. Cole escaped the inning thanks to an Ian Kinsler strikeout and a Bradley groundout.

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.

For Price, the result was its own kind of relief, however, one that got him something that meant just as much as a much-craved statistical checkmark. That was also a history-making home run for Gonzalez's squadron.

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.

Then George Springer hit a seeing-eye double off the end of his bat, and Price's lead had gone kaput. To win a World Series and do it multiple times. Springer added another double in the ninth inning of Game 2.

Oh, and the quirks of Fenway perhaps aided that go-ahead run in coming around to score. Kimbrel, who was on the mound when the Yankees nearly overcame a three-run deficit in the deciding Game 4 of the division series, put another scare into Red Sox fans on Sunday night before finally recording the save. Just three of the 30 teams in either league have fallen short of the World Series after winning the first two games in this postseason round, with Boston the last club to overcome such a deficit in 2004.

Game 3 of the ALCS is scheduled for Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, in Houston. "It's going to be a fun series, so we're looking forward to going back home". The defending champs, though, may have something to say about that.

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