Red Sox pull even with Astros in ALCS
Boston starter David Price finally on winning side of a playoff game
David Price went home a winner in a post-season start for the first time in his career.
That, he insisted, is all he ever cared about.
"This is bigger than David Price," he said on Sunday night. "This isn't about me. This is about the Boston Red Sox."
Price fell one out short of qualifying for the win, which would have been his first in 11 post-season starts. But it was the first time his team had won a playoff game he started, snapping a record run of October futility.
"It's baby steps," said Price, who entered the night 0-9 in 10 career playoff starts. "I expect myself to be great in big moments, and I haven't done that thus far in my career. But I came here to win, period. I came here to win a World Series, and to do it multiple times. And that's what I'm about."
Bradley Jr. delivers big hit as Red Sox defeat Astros in Game 2:
Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston, followed by two more at Minute Maid Park and a chance for the defending World Series champions to clinch a second straight AL pennant at home. Marwin Gonzalez homered for the Astros, who had won five straight postseason games dating to Game 7 of the 2017 Series.
Price was spotted a two-run lead in the first inning and then fell behind 4-2 before Bradley clanged one off the left-field wall that Gonzalez chased helplessly as it bounced back toward the infield.
Price left leading 5-4 with two on with two out in the fifth before Matt Barnes struck out Gonzalez to end the inning and then pitched a perfect sixth to earn the victory. Ryan Brasier pitched a scoreless inning and erstwhile starter Rick Porcello set the Astros down 1-2-3 in the eighth.
Closer Craig Kimbrel gave up Jose Altuve's RBI single with two outs in the ninth before Bregman launched a high fly to left that Andrew Benintendi caught a step in front of the Monster.
"I knew I missed it," Bregman said. "If I got it, it would have been on the street behind Fenway Park."