Houston won the first two games by identical 8-2 scores, powered by the top of its lineup.
Overall Price went 2 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out two. As a result, Houston will have the opportunity to end Boston's season on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. The Astros hitters need to have patience at the plate, while being ready to pounce on pitches that catch too much of the plate - not an easy balance. Confidence in Chris Devenski and Joe Musgrove is extremely high and their performances yesterday showed why. They are the number three seed in the American League and would have to beat the Astros in a best of five series in order to move on to face either the Cleveland Indians or the victor of the American League Wild Card Game. Central (2:30 p.m. Eastern). The game was actually a nail biter for the first few innings as neither Justin Verlander nor Chris Sale had their best stuff on the mound. The Red Sox are trying prove there's life after David Ortiz. "We have to get through tomorrow first", he said, though it's presumed to be right-hander Rick Porcello.
The last person to hit three home runs in one post-season game was Pablo Sandoval, who did it during the 2012 World Series.
Back on its home field, Boston will try to stick around for at least another game, this time pinning its hopes with right hander Doug Fister, a June waiver signing who became a regular in the starting rotation only because of injuries. Once again, the Astros bullpen shut down the usually potent Red Sox lineup once the starter left the game. Fister has been warming up early to avoid giving up runs in the first inning, which he had done in a six-game streak that snapped in mid-September. In all honesty, it's hard to argue that the Cleveland Indians aren't still the team to beat in the AL, especially after coming back from an 8-3 deficit to take Game 2 of their series against the Yankees, a game in which their ace (and quite possibly this year's Cy Young winner) Corey Kluber lasted just 2.2 frames. His first-inning homer, immediately after Alex Bregman's dinger, put the Astros up 2-0.
When the series shifts to Fenway Park for Game 3, the Red Sox will try to recover from an 0-2 hole in the Division Series for the third time in club history.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (17-6, 3.32 ERA) will start Game 2 for the Red Sox. Then it was time for Jose Altuve's first bat.
With the bases loaded, one out and already a 4-1 Astros lead in the bottom of the third, Price was summoned and induced two pop outs to end the inning.
Cleveland got to Yankees starter Sonny Gray early, loading the bases and plating a run in the second, then knocking him from the game in the fourth. If not, the Red Sox season will be over much sooner than everyone had predicted at the beginning of the season, when they were the favorites to win the American League pennant.
"It's just a matter of going out there and getting in a rhythm and, unfortunately, it's taken me a little bit to get in a rhythm sometimes", Fister said.