Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

David Price pitches Red Sox back into another World Series

David Price pitches Red Sox back into another World Series

The Boston Red Sox left-hander twirled a gem in Boston's 4-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park. Boston is a flawless 5-0 in road games this postseason, with two wins in NY in the ALDS and three in Houston in the ALCS.

The gift that keeps on giving for these Red Sox continues to be their perception that nobody thinks they can win this thing.

The Red Sox went on to win the game 8-6 and even after the conclusion of the battle, the fan interference debate still raged on.

Jackie Bradley had an American League Championship Series to remember and was rewarded for it Thursday.

Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.

The Astros tied the game at 3 in the third.

On just three days of rest, Price was completely dominant for the Sox on the road.

David Price in the playoffs? In the postseason he had posted a career 3.17 ERA in 11 1/3 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts.

Despite the short rest between outings, Price averaged 93.7 miles per hour with his fastball and clocked as high as 95.6 miles per hour in the outing - more velocity than he's shown since the middle of the summer.

Josh Reddick made a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth to prevent the Red Sox from scoring more runs.

In the ALCS specifically, the team with the higher batting average on the season has won seven of the last nine series.

Verlander, who starred for Houston last postseason after being acquired on August 31, yielded seven hits and four runs in six innings for his second playoff loss with the Astros. They posed for a team picture on the mound a couple of minutes later as members of Houston's pitching staff slowly walked by, glancing at the revelry on their way back from the bullpen. Martinez and Verlander were teammates back when they both played for the Detroit Tigers.

The call sparked outrage among Astros fans, who believe Altuve hit a home run fair and square.

Devers joined an exclusive club with his third postseason home run before turning 22.

On Thursday night, Price was something different. It's safe to say, he was feeling it.

What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. Verlander was unstoppable in his first game of the series and looks to provide a spark for the Astros tonight.

As evidence of the sport's capricious ways, the Astros could point to all sorts of plays made and unmade, and calls that could have gone their way, but didn't: the controversial fan-interference call in right field in Wednesday night's Game 4 loss that took away a potential home run from Jose Altuve. His six swings and misses matched his lowest total of the year. That perpetuated Price's reputation: he couldn't win in the postseason as a starter (2-9, 5.42 ERA).

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