Bradley's 3-run double helps Red Sox even ALCS

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On July 30, the Astros traded Giles, whom they had demoted to Triple-A Fresno, and two other players to the Blue Jays for their closer, Roberto Osuna. "Command was good and he gave us a chance to win". Martinez has put up his best statistical season while Betts had arguably his best season as well. "It's just about sticking with the game plan and going to spots where we feel he can be successful".

For starters, the Astros had to lose a postseason game for the first time this fall, and lose a game at Fenway Park for just the fourth time in 11 games dating to the start of 2017. If the Sox cannot manage to salvage this series by splitting the first two games, they face a tough three game stay in Houston where a return to Boston could be doubtful. There are no glaring weaknesses either for the starting rotation and the relievers.

While tonight is surely a great night to be a Boston sports fan, it has to be a stressful one, too.

Even at closer, the Sox are shaky after nearly blowing his final game against the Yankees. This is the definition of a must win in baseball.

"I'll be ready for Tuesday", when the series resumes, he said. In the National League, the Brewers are really good and the Dodgers are good in comparison.

The American League Championship Series is tied at 1-1.

Price had to - well, not exactly save Boston's hopes, but not torpedo them either.




As manager Alex Cora came out to get him, Price had an animated talk with his infield on the mound - a pep talk?

In a rematch of last year's Division Series opener, when the Astros hit consecutive first-inning homers and pounded Sale for seven runs in all, Verlander improved to 13-2 in the AL playoffs.

Manager Alex Cora was not about to dwell on the effort of Price. There's only two guys I would consider to do that.

"Anytime you get two quick outs then you load up the bases and give them two runs, that's not what you're looking for this time of year", Sale said.

And it's true he is still winless over his 11 starts in the postseason and that unsightly 6.03 ERA he dragged into the game as a postseason starter added a new wart at 6.16. The Diamondbacks elected to have Curt Schilling start games 1, 4, and 7. The Red Sox haven't yet named a starter but the Astros will go with Dallas Keuchel. Price would nearly guarantee the 5th or 6th game if he pitches well tonight. "Got to the point during the season that we had to actually take him out of the lineup for three, four, five days during the week - actually right before we went to Houston". He gave his team an opportunity to win, which as he said, is a baby step in the right direction. "I expect to win, but I'm very happy that we won". If the boys from Bean Town can bring the series back to Boston, anything is possible.

The final line for the Red Sox pitching staff on Saturday was an ugly one.

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