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

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The game, which the Astros trampled the Red Sox 7-2, averaged 5,821,000 viewers. Boston was well on its way to a big win.

The battle between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes drew a 14.6 rating nationally, peaking at 16.2 from 11-11:30 p.m., when the Patriots were finishing off the walk-off win.

"This is bigger than David Price", he said on Sunday night. Dallas Keuchel is scheduled to take the mound for the Astros while the Red Sox have yet to announce a starter.

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.

Eovaldi, who will start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park, still was pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays at the time.

Betts, whose leadoff double in the first set up the Red Sox first run of the night added another two bagger in the eighth gave the Red Sox the converted touchdown.

"All I want to do is win", Price said.

Red Sox relievers, though, would have none of that on Sunday night.

Gerrit Cole - the top pick in the 2011 draft - took the mound for the Astros and was shaky early, as he surrendered five runs in the first three inning. Betts then tallied an RBI single one frame later. Cole escaped the inning thanks to an Ian Kinsler strikeout and a Bradley groundout.

Cole was of course outstanding during the regular season, but he wasn't entirely unfamiliar with first-inning fits and starts. The biggest offensive burst for the Sox was Jackie Bradley's three-run double in the third, just the 10th such play in ACS history ...

Sunday's was a unusual game that featured nine runs and all sorts of drives launched off, over and beyond the classic green fences at Fenway in the first three innings, but not so much as another hit on either side until the bottom of the eighth.

In the third inning, Marwin Gonzalez cleared the Monster off David Price. Altuve followed with a drive off the left-field wall, stopping at first when he slipped rounding the bag.

At that point, the Astros could have been forgiven for assuming they would still come back and win, but by the time 37,960 fans belted Neil Diamond's lyrics - "Where it began I can't begin to knowing" - the deficit had grown again, and by the time Kimbrel finished them off, and "Dirty Water" blasted from the stadium sound system, the Astros were left with a odd and unfamiliar feeling to carry back with them to Houston: a loss.

OK, it wasn't exactly an authoritative double (it was pretty darn lucky), but Houston's George Springer tied it up with this clutch two-out knock in the top of the second. The hit you see above also gives Springer an 11-game postseason hit streak, which breaks the franchise record of 10, which had been shared by Springer and Lance Berkman. "But I came here to win, period". Then he turned around a pitch from Cole that he typically doesn't handle.

By the time Bradley wheeled into second, the Sox had a 64.8 percent chance of winning Game 2.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters following Sunday night's ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros that Chris Sale, who checked in to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday night with a stomach illness, should be fine and is hopeful the staff ace will re-join the team when the series comes to Houston. In best-of-sevens tied 1-1, the team that begins the series at home - the Red Sox in this case - goes on to win the series in question 55 percent of the time. The defending champs, though, may have something to say about that.

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