Red Sox manager Alex Cora ejected from Game 1 of ALCS

That, he insisted, is all he ever cared about. "Baby steps are baby steps", Price said after the outing. "This isn't about me".

"You can look at it two ways", Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts said.

The Boston Red Sox closer picked up the save in his team's 7-5 win over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.

Price fell one out short of qualifying for the win, which would have been his first in 11 postseason starts. He did, however, guide his team to victory for the first time in 11 career postseason starts, and that was all he cared about after the game. That dropped him to 0-9 in 10 career postseason starts, the longest such skid in major league playoff history. "I was trying to limit the damage and get out there as quick as we can". Many view this ALCS as the real World Series matchup. "And that's what I'm about". Kimbrel did give up a run and even allowed the tying run to come to the plate, but he got Astros third baseman Alex Bregman to fly out to end the game. "It's going to be a fun series, so we're looking forward to going back home". Gerrit Cole starts for the Astros against David Price. He left one out shy of being eligible for victory with a 5-4 lead after putting two runners on base before reliever Matt Barnes escaped the jam.

The bullpen was on their way to a ideal evening until closer Craig Kimbrel had a few more hiccups in the ninth. "If I got it, it would have been on the street behind Fenway Park". Price hasn't pitched since allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings in a Game 2 Division Series loss to the Yankees.

The AL West champs tied it in the second on George Springer's two-run double down the right-field line. Cora then came running onto the field, resulting in his ejection. "It's a well-placed hit".

West's inability to dodge the ball may have cost the Astros a base, as Vazquez's throw was likely headed for center field if it didn't smack the ump in the shoulder.

The ball bounced off the Green Monster and rolled awkwardly off the side wall before it was corralled by Gonzalez. His counterpart, Cole, went six frames, on the hook for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts. He gave Boston a 7-4 lead with an RBI double in the eighth. 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.

"We won - that's my first team win as a starter", said Price. "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have tonight". But our offense, our defense - we rallied together.

"I guess Verlander executed his pitch, and he called it a strike", Cora said.

"Overall, his stuff was good, command was good, and he gave us a chance to win", Cora said. "From what I know, it's nothing serious". "But once that happens, then you've got to reset and not relinquish the lead". Both Cora and Kelly were quick to dispel the notion that the Red Sox were throwing at any Astros hitters intentionally.

  • Kyle Peterson