Three of them and one of his two wild pitches came in a fifth inning that nearly chased him from the game. If the Sox cannot manage to salvage this series by splitting the first two games, they face a tough three game stay in Houston where a return to Boston could be doubtful.
Cora has expressed confidence in Price, a Cy Young Award victor who is 0-9 in 10 career postseason starts, and the 108-win Red Sox will need him to be better than Sale was in the opener. We're just happy when Price doesn't bury his team in the first two innings.
With the Red Sox up 5-4, Price got two quick outs in the fifth, then surrendered a pair of walks.
The Red Sox awakened the shivering, sold-out Fenway crowd in the fifth with Steve Pearce's single - just their second in the game - and two walks before Verlander walked a third batter in a row, forcing in a run.
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.
Cora disagreed with a strike call that resulted in Andrew Benintendi stranding the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Reporters say he had words for home plate umpire James Hoye and then ran onto the field and let Joe West have it following his ejection. That brought Cora out of the dugout with the hook, and as Price handed over the ball and walked off the mound, the Fenway crowd mostly cheered in approval, numerous fans on their feet.More news: PS4 owners: set your messages to private to avoid malicious system crash
Correa's clutch hit to left field occurred three batters after third baseman Eduardo Nunez's fielding error on a potential double-play grounder by Gurriel.
"I don't think anybody likes getting hit with the baseball", Kelly said. Ryan Brasier pitched a scoreless inning and erstwhile starter Rick Porcello set the Astros down 1-2-3 in the eighth. He was on the hook for four runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
"But you can't argue balls and strikes", he said. His last time on the mound, against the Yankees, featured an ugly, 1⅔ -inning performance, as his October failures have shifted from a narrative that was media-driven to a self-fulfilling prophecy. "But obviously whenever you have to go to the hospital you've got to be 'worried'". Sale gave up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter, and his average fastball velocity of 92 miles per hour was down 3 miles per hour from the Division Series. "Command was good and he gave us a chance to win". "We trust those guys". "This is the time when we kick in gear and start fighting". We went out there to make sure there was no issue with his head.
Boston left-hander David Price remained winless as a starter in the postseason.
Cora maintained before the game that Sunday was not a must-win.
In the regular season, the Astros' relievers finished with 8.2 wins above replacement, as per FanGraphs, behind only the Yankees' 9.7 in the AL.