Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Red Sox starter David Price takes step toward changing his postseason narrative

Red Sox starter David Price takes step toward changing his postseason narrative

With Houston having already taken Game 1, dropping a second at home would be as good as certain doom for Alex Cora's team.

So no, the left-handed Price didn't last long enough to claim the elusive "W", getting pulled by manage Alex Cora after 4.2 innings. The 28-year-old Cole allowed a season-high five runs and surrendered six hits - all of them on fastballs - in six innings. Admittedly not at his sharpest, Price only had one clean inning but said the key was limiting the damage. "I'm attacking it a lot differently now", Eovaldi said.

The game, which the Astros trampled the Red Sox 7-2, averaged 5,821,000 viewers.

"We were all pretty surprised when we found out the news", said Nathan Eovaldi, Tuesday's Game 3 Red Sox starter. Price was given one more shot to complete the fifth but was pulled after walking Tyler White on four pitches. The Fenway crowd recognized his performance with a standing ovation as he left the mound.

"It was definitely appreciated", Price said. "It wasn't the [box score] line I dreamed to have tonight". Betts added an RBI double in the eighth off Hector Rondon. In the bottom half of the seventh, facing Lance McCullers, Jr., Mookie Betts led off with a walk. He topped out at 96 miles per hour on the Fenway Park radar gun and made a mess in the second inning by walking two men and hitting a batter. Houston gives up 2.7 runs per game when Keuchel starts.

With two out and a man on, the pop-out fell just a few feet short of the Monster, allowing the Red Sox to secure the split and essentially keep them in the series.

Houston has been dominant at home in recent weeks, holding opponents to just 13 total runs during a five-game win streak.

Sale pitched just four innings in a 7-2 defeat on Saturday, lacking his trademark command and overpowering fastball.

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. He began vomiting and went to the hospital early Sunday morning, according to the skipper.

"The ball, the wall, he's backpedaling". As the Houston right fielder chased a long, loud fly ball by the Red Sox.

It's worth noting the Red Sox could always replace Sale on the roster if his illness prevents him from contributing.

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 had spent the night in the hospital for observation because of a stomach illness.

It is not clear when Sale will pitch again but he will rejoin the team in Houston on Tuesday.

Cora said the ailment didn't affect Sale's effort in the series opener. Cora would probably like to start Rick Porcello in Game 4, but if pressed will he turn to Porcello in relief as he did in Game 2 and in the ALDS against NY?

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