Jackie Bradley Jr. gave the Red Sox the lead for good in the third inning. Eovaldi - the Red Sox' Game 3 starter - was on the Rays when the Astros ambushed him June 20 for four home runs in a 5-1 loss, but most recently tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS. To make it so, some things had to happen that hadn't happened in a long, long time.
Price had to - well, not exactly save Boston's hopes, but not torpedo them either.
Boston starter David Price was not at his best, but the Red Sox bullpen shut Houston down in the middle and late innings.
He had a completely different performance against the high-scoring Red Sox.
Bregman, the Astros' hot-hitting third baseman, added the caption, "lil pregame video work".
"I knew I missed it", Bregman said.
Houston's George Springer extended his postseason hitting streak to 11 games with two hits, including a two-run double. Offensively, I love our at-bats, keeping pressure on them. It was only a matter of time until Betts, who had been 4-for-October, broke out. "This is about the Boston Red Sox".
Sale picked up the win in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the Yankees when he pitched into the sixth inning.
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It was the first-ever postseason matchup of No. 1 overall draft picks, with Price going first to Tampa Bay in the 2007 draft and Cole the top pick by Pittsburgh in 2011. The two runs Cole yielded in the first inning Sunday were. Mookie Betts, who played like an MVP, led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a passed ball and then raced home on yet another passed ball that catcher Martin Maldonado couldn't handle.
"You know early, I thought he was a little over-amped", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Gerrit Cole, who has been underrated all season playing behind Verlander in the lineup, was not sharp.
Both pitchers settled down a bit. Both pitched in nearly constant danger early on. He managed to go six innings, but not before giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks.
That Price managed to pitch into the fifth and hand over a lead, however slim, to his bullpen represented some sort of breakthrough for the star-crossed lefty. Price's own, acute self-awareness of those failures seemed to make it so that they kept happening.
Before the game, Cora said that he expected "a good outing, honestly, a quality start" out of Price. I expect myself to be great in big moments, and I haven't done that thus far in my career. "I came here to win, period".
Price was within an out of putting himself in position for his first postseason win as a starter, in his 11th try, but with two outs in the fifth and the Red Sox bullpen heating up, he walked Tyler White on four pitches, the second walk Price had issued in the inning - and the 14th issued by the Red Sox in the first 14 innings of this series. If they had lost on Sunday, they would have headed to Houston needing to take four of five against the team whose +263 run differential suggested it was not just the best club this year but one of the best of all time.
"It's definitely appreciated", he said of the fan support Sunday night.
"It wasn't the line I dreamed of having tonight but our offence, our defence rallied together", said Price.