David Price stays afloat to help Red Sox take crucial Game 2

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"Confidence is pretty robust in our clubhouse", Hinch said on Monday as his team settled in for its home portion of the ALCS, three games at Minute Maid Park beginning on Tuesday.

He can thank his bullpen on that front.

With the series heading to Houston, it was an important win for the Red Sox, especially given the news their ace pitcher Chris Sale had been hospitalised with a stomach illness and fellow starter Rick Porcello, who had been pencilled in to start game three, pitched an inning of relief in game two.

Prior to the game, Astros manager A.J. Hinch refeered to Red Sox centre fielder Mookie Betts as "a ticking time bomb to do some damage".

Tuesday will be Keuchel's ninth postseason start and first since allowing four hits and two runs in five innings of Houston's 11-3 win over the Indians in Game 3 of the Division Series on October 8. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation and didn't travel with the team to Houston. "He had good velocity, started mixing up his changeup". "We have to clean a few things up but his stuff was good, his command was good, and he gave us a chance to win". "Thats my first team win as a starter. Baby steps are baby steps", Price said after the outing. "But I came here to win, period".

Yes, it's come to this.

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The Red Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, with Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers hitting RBI singles off of a shaky Gerrit Cole.

The Astros offense has no quit in it, and given the affordable price in them in Game 3, it triggers a bet. He retired Jose Altuve to lead off the inning and pitched around the risky Alex Bregman for a one-out walk.

A nonchalant Xander Bogaerts wasn't able to throw out the speedy Carlos Correa on a groundball hit deep in the hole. I think home run clips, right?

In one bit of statistically interesting news, the Astros broke the record for number of consecutive postseason games with at least one home run (14) when Marwin Gonzalez jacked a high long ball over the Monster in game two. Gonzalez made it 4-2 when he hit Price's full-count fastball off an advertisement above the Monster seats with two outs in the third. A night after Betts rolled over a groundball to kill a bases-loaded rally, he laced two doubles into centerfield, one that drove in a run and one that eventually scored one. In the fifth, he walked Bregman with one out and then, with two outs, he walked White. The Fenway crowd recognized his performance with a standing ovation as he left the mound. It's not overly confident; it just means we show up at the ballpark ready to play.

"It was definitely appreciated", Price said. And road teams that opened 2-0 in a best-of-seven went on to win 22 of 25 series (or 88 percent). Matt Barnes replaced Price in the fifth, and got Gonzalez swinging to end the threat. Ryan Brasier worked around a two-out walk in the seventh for a scoreless frame.

Eovaldi said he hasn't seen the videos and won't let them get in the way of his preparations ahead of starting Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

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