LEADING OFF: Red Sox seek to clean things up vs Astros

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Reddick opened the inning with a solo drive to center field, and Gurriel hit a three-run homer inside the Pesky Pole down the right field line with one out.

Boston pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters, and shaky defense by third baseman Eduardo Nunez contributed to Houston's first three runs.

The Red Sox send David Price to the mound for Game 2 of their AL Championship Series against Houston hoping for a bounce-back performance from the entire club. Price exited to a nice hand from the crowd after issuing two walks in the fifth, and it was the first time his team won any of his postseason starts.

Sale allowed just one hit in four innings against the Astros in Saturday's Game 1 at Fenway, but walked four batters, saw his velocity uncharacteristically low for much of the outing and struggled with his command - especiall with his tradmark slider.

Kimbrel retired the first two batters in the ninth, then George Springer hit his second double of the game.

Verlander was charged with two runs and four walks while striking out six.

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Verlander recovered from there, punching out Andrew Benintendi on a borderline strike to end the inning. He slammed down his helmet and bat down and jawed with plate umpire James Hoye before Red Sox coaches ran in to get between them. That brought Cora out of the dugout with the hook, and as Price handed over the ball and walked off the mound, the Fenway crowd mostly cheered in approval, numerous fans on their feet. They needed Rick Porcello, their theoretical Game 3 starter, for an inning of relief Sunday night - he delivered a 1-2-3 eighth and punctuated an inning-ending strikeout with a couple of animated fist-pumps - which likely pushes him back to Game 4 and puts Nathan Eovaldi in line to start Game 3 against Houston's Dallas Keuchel. If this series goes to a sixth game, the Price will be lined up for one more shot at playoff redemption. "But obviously whenever you have to go to the hospital you've got to be 'worried'". After Cole made a throwing error on a ground ball by Xander Bogaerts, he walked Steve Pearce to load the bases.

Boston's staff was attempting to obey a directive from manager Alex Cora that began in the AL Division Series. "We've got D.P. on the mound and we got a bunch of guys in here that are fired up over tonight". It would be a big step toward becoming the first team to win consecutive World Series since the 1999-2000 Yankees.

Boston responded in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one out.

Gerrit Cole is up for the Astros.

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. Cora insisted that he had faith in Price, and he told the 2012 AL Cy Young victor as much after the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in the previous round.

Vazquez will start in place of Sandy Leon.

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