Astros come alive late to topple Red Sox in ALCS Game 1

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Verlander pitched six innings of two-hit ball, and Carlos Correa fisted a single into left field to break a sixth-inning tie.

Sale, who took the mound without long sleeves on the chilly night, left after the fourth inning - his only 1-2-3 inning of the game - having thrown 86 pitches. Jackie Bradley Jr. provided the decisive blow with a two-out, bases-loaded double in the third inning, and Mookie Betts accounted for two late insurance run by scoring on a passed ball in the seventh and then doubling home Rafael Devers in the eighth.

Kimbrel retired the first two Astros batters in the ninth before Springer hit his second double of the game.

"Ten walks is never good", said Boston reliever Joe Kelly, who was charged with the loss after allowing an unearned run in the sixth inning.

The Astros did not have any lineup changes, but manager A.J. Hinch said he plans to start Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton in Games 3 and 4.

Astros starter Gerrit Cole was able to settle down just enough to escape the inning down 2-0, but consider this a shot across the bow. The last Astros player to safely hit in at least 10 postseason games was former outfielder/infielder Lance Berkman, who set the record with an RBI double and solo home run during the Astros' campaign in the 2004 NLCS.

Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston. It's not that we're trying to hit them, but we have to let them know that we will pitch there. "They got [Ryan] Pressly in the bullpen".

Around 9:30 p.m. ET last night, the Red Sox announced that Sale reported a stomach illness and was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation earlier in the afternoon.




Cora continued the argument and was ejected; he handed over his lineup card to bench coach Ron Roenicke and headed down the tunnel. "But once that happens, then you've got to reset and not relinquish the lead".

As manager Alex Cora came out to get him, Price had an animated talk with his infield on the mound - a pep talk? After Cole made a throwing error on a ground ball by Xander Bogaerts, he walked Steve Pearce to load the bases. We're not gonna hang our heads in the locker room.

"I still like our chances", he said.

Price fell one out short of his first career postseason win as a starter but still went back to the winning clubhouse for the first time in 11 playoff starts.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead two batters into the bottom of the first when Betts doubled to deep center and scored on Benintendi's single.

Pedroia was 16 for 58 against Price in his career before the left-hander signed a free agent deal with the Red Sox prior to the 2016 season.

There had been no announcement about when Sale would pitch next, but if the Sox wanted to keep him on regular rest, he won't be ready to start again until a potential Game 6 back at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Cole was 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in the regular season.

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