Bullpen delivers, Betts seals it for Sox in Game 2


He only lasted 1-2/3 innings in his Division Series Game 2 start against the Yankees. "If I got it, it would have been on the street behind Fenway Park".

Houston enjoyed seemingly constant traffic on the bases, a testament to two things.

Houston took advantage of another hit batter in the sixth - this one by reliever Joe Kelly - and Nunez dropping the ball for an error as he started to throw after fielding Gurriel's grounder. "They pitched their way out of it, but we didn't hit our way into it". Andrew Benintendi struck out on a borderline pitch to leave two men in scoring position, leading to an ejection of Alex Cora for arguing balls and strikes.

Manager Alex Cora was not about to dwell on the effort of Price. Attempting to do the same against Houston is a bit more hard due to superior discipline from the defending world champion.

"He was feeling bad and he's at the hospital", Cora said. "I expect to win, but I'm very happy that we won". 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. The Red Sox haven't yet named a starter but the Astros will go with Dallas Keuchel. "He's got to make a decision on whether or not to concede the wall and try to play it off the wall or try to make a catch", Hinch said. "We have to establish the inside part of the plate". We have middle-relief guys that pitch at the back end of games throughout the season. "A year ago going into the playoffs, that's one thing I told that group (as Houston's bench coach) - this group (the Red Sox pitching staff) doesn't pitch inside". He said the Boston bullpen was "tremendous" as they closed out the game, and said it feels great to play a role - however small - in a postseason win.

Lineup changes: Cora made three changes from his Game 1 lineup.

- David Price went home a victor in a postseason start for the first time in his career.

Holt went 0 for 4 and struck out three times in Game 1 after hitting for the cycle in a 16-1 pounding of NY in Game 3 of the ALDS. On the hard-hit ball by Carlos Correa to Xander Bogaerts playing deep, the shortstop did not charge the ball plus he did his customary double-clutch motion when there was no time to spare.

Kimbrel has had a rough postseason thus far, giving up a run in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees followed by two more in Game 4.

Vazquez will start in place of Sandy Leon.

"Christian caught him past year and early in the season", Cora said. Coming into the game, Gonzalez was 2-for-11 in his career against Price. That wasn't cool watching the game in the clubhouse. Granted, with that being said, the starter to start Game 3 would be whoever didn't come to relieve Price. "It was like everybody was on the same page".

In the ALCS for the first time since 2013, the Red Sox got four innings from Sale, who struggled early and allowed two runs on one hit while working around four walks. He was solid in a pair of starts against Houston this season, allowing just seven hits and striking out 17 in 12-1/3 innings.