Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston, followed by two more at Minute Maid Park and a chance for the defending World Series champion Astros to clinch a second straight AL pennant at home.
Price was within an out of putting himself in position for his first postseason win as a starter, in his 11th try, but with two outs in the fifth and the Red Sox bullpen heating up, he walked Tyler White on four pitches, the second walk Price had issued in the inning - and the 14th issued by the Red Sox in the first 14 innings of this series.
Verlander was charged with two runs and four walks while striking out six.
Andrew Benintendi was called out on strikes to end the fifth on a 3-2 pitch that was a tad outside. That call prompted lots of anger from Benintendi and a full-blown mid-inning outburst from Cora, who was ejected for letting home plate umpire James Hoye know just how he felt about his strike zone. In between innings, Boston manager Alex Cora was ejected by Hoye for arguing.
Game 1 ended up hinging on two weird and slow half-frames-the bottom of the fifth and the top of the sixth-in which Boston tied things up against Verlander, only to give the lead right back to Houston. If the Sox elect to go Sale for games 4 and 7, that leaves trying to find a start for games 3, 5, and 6.
"He threw the ball well", said Red Sox manager Alex Cora of Price. "But once that happens, then you've got to reset and not relinquish the lead".
Cole walked Devers on four pitches to load the bases and struck out Ian Kinsler on three pitches before Bradley lofted one down the left-field line and off the Monster.
"I don't think anybody likes getting hit with the baseball", Kelly said. We're not gonna give up. But it was the first time his team had won a playoff game he started, snapping a record run of October futility.
Boston catcher Christian Vazquez hit second-base umpire Joe West on his right shoulder with a throw when Jake Marisnick stole second in the eighth. "It's going to be a fun series, so we're looking forward to going back home".
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. "The line's going to (look) a little bit tougher on him than he pitched". Now the pitcher with a career 5.28 ERA in the playoffs is tasked with out-dueling Gerrit Cole, the Astros' co-ace who struck out 12 across seven innings against Cleveland in his lone ALDS start. Cora opted to gamble for offense over defense, with Price carrying a 2.37 earned-run average in 13 games with Leon and a 4.68 ERA in 17 games with Vazquez during the regular season.