"It's more than the Red Sox".
The acclaim was not a salute for a brilliant performance by Price, for it was not that at all.
The Red Sox starting pitcher has been admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital after experiencing stomach illness.
Price was fine. He wasn't Madison Bumgarner, but he gave the Sox a chance.
For Price, the result was its own kind of relief, however, one that got him something that meant just as much as a much-craved statistical checkmark. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation and did not travel with the team to Houston.
"We won", Price declared afterward.
Price fell one out short of qualifying for the win, which would have been his first in 11 postseason starts.
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"If it's baby steps", Price said, "it's baby steps".
Shortstop Carlos Correa has been on base four times this series, though he's playing with a back injury that's severely limited him for most of the season. So I don't think we care who we face or what the situation is. The Red Sox beat the Astros, 7-5, to even the series at a game apiece. Vida Blue's and Doyle Alexander's teams went winless across each pitcher's first six career postseason starts.
"If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you better check yourself", said the first-year skipper.
Gerrit Cole, who was so dominant in his Division Series start against Cleveland, gave up a double to Mookie Betts - the first batter of the game - as Boston sent eight batters to the plate in the first.
His statistics do not account for the times his managers left him in as he clearly exhausted, or for his two-run complete game in the '13 Game 163 tiebreaker that sent his Rays to the playoffs, or for his 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 postseason relief innings, but they tell a story, and Price knows what it is.
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel allowed a two-out double to Springer in the ninth. Entering Sunday's game, Price's teams - he has pitched in the playoffs with Tampa Bay, Detroit and Toronto in his 11-year career - had gone 0-10 in the 10 career postseason starts he had made. Springer took third on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Altuve's single off the Green Monster, but Kimbrel got the save when Benintendi made a twisting catch in front of the wall on Alex Bregman's fly ball to left. The Astros hope that Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton can reverse the tide in the next two games. "It's all strengths. When you look across the board, all 25 guys on the roster are good baseball players all around". "I've got to go out there and pitch my game tomorrow and I can't have any distractions". Keuchel pitched solidly against the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS (two runs in five innings), and during the regular season he put up an ERA+ of 108 and a ground-ball percentage of 53.7 in 204 2/3 innings. He had some bad luck, too? an infield grounder that turned into a costly single and a little flare to right field that drove in the first two of the four runs he surrendered. Eovaldi's previous start against the Astros didn't go well.