Game 2 was the first time ever two No. 1 overall picks started against each other in the postseason. That brief mound visit resulted in no changes, and Kelly followed up by getting Yuli Gurriel to tap a ball right to Nuñez at third-only for Nuñez to slip and bobble, turning a sure double play into two on with no one out. But after a Steve Pearce single to open the fifth and a three-pitch strikeout of Brock Holt for the first out, Verlander's command deserted him.
"Ten walks is never good", said Boston reliever Joe Kelly, who was charged with the loss after allowing an unearned run in the sixth inning. With Jackie Bradley Jr. dancing on third base, Verlander put a 1-2 curveball in the dirt and past catcher Martin Maldonado, allowing the runners to advance and tying the game 2-2.
The Astros pulled level in the second thanks to a double from George Springer that plated two runs, and Houston took the lead in the top of the third on Marwin Gonzalez's two-run home run off a Price fastball. The last Astros player to safely hit in at least 10 postseason games was former outfielder/infielder Lance Berkman, who set the record with an RBI double and solo home run during the Astros' campaign in the 2004 NLCS.
As Price left the field on this night, the crowd rose to applaud the pitcher they booed off the mound in the Division Series, and he tapped the brim of his cap. "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. It's not that we're trying to hit them, but we have to let them know that we will pitch there.
"It wasn't the line I dreamed of having tonight but our offence, our defence rallied together", said Price.
Cora continued to yell from the dugout and was tossed by Hoye. "But once that happens, then you've got to reset and not relinquish the lead".
The 28-year-old outfielder stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs.
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Boston's staff was attempting to obey a directive from manager Alex Cora that began in the AL Division Series.
Cora said it's not an issue "because we know how we're going to work on it".
Price fell one out short of his first career postseason win as a starter but still went back to the winning clubhouse for the first time in 11 playoff starts.
Boston responded in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one out.
Even in victory, the Red Sox were weakened, though the degree to which is still unknown.
Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two post-season wins in relief in his career. "So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our post-season shirts that we get when we win, that was special". Cora opted to gamble for offense over defense, with Price carrying a 2.37 earned-run average in 13 games with Leon and a 4.68 ERA in 17 games with Vazquez during the regular season.