Alex Cora ejected during Game 1 of ALCS

Red Sox catcher plunks umpire Joe West with errant throw to second

- Boston retook the lead in the bottom of the third inning.

But Game 2 of the American League Championship Series offered neither.

That balance makes the Astros a better team than the Red Sox. "So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our postseason shirts that we get when we win, that was special".

The teams combined for just eight hits, but Red Sox pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters.

The Astros weren't ideal but where Sale had trouble righting himself, Verlander was able to dig in.

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. You walk 10 and hit three more, you're not going to win many games. "They pitched their way out of it, but we didn't hit our way into it". With Jackie Bradley Jr. dancing on third base, Verlander put a 1-2 curveball in the dirt and past catcher Martin Maldonado, allowing the runners to advance and tying the game 2-2. If Verlander didn't walk three straight hitters and uncork a wild pitch in the fifth inning, the Sox were staring at a shutout. He has allowed only nine hits in his past four postseason starts, matching Don Larsen (1955-57) as the only pitchers to allow nine hits over a span of four-postseason starts, according to STATS.

Cora disagreed with a strike call that resulted in Andrew Benintendi stranding the bases loaded in the fifth inning. "He was a one-pitch pitcher". What he did bring to the table was bushels of moxie and guile as he somehow, someway, survived four innings and allowed only two runs on one hit.

"The tying run scoring was a little disappointing", Verlander said.

While Marisnick got to second base without issue, it didn't matter. "As you guys know, I stay away from that area". "My timing was just a tick off".

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"That inning I had kind of lost my feel a bit". These are the World Champion Astros, after all.

Who will they turn to to get things started?

Needless to say, if the Red Sox don't pitch better, hit better or field better, they won't stand a chance against the Astros. "He wants the ball".

They weren't done then, however.

Looking ahead to Sunday night, there will be plenty of angst surrounding the Red Sox, the winningest team in baseball this year. His velocity was off and his location was erratic.

- Boston added a run in the seventh when Betts led off the inning with a walk.

And the historic old ball park may have even more nervous energy in Game 2 with David Price not only in search of his first playoff win as a starter.

On one hand, Cole and the Astros love love love to elevate fastballs. They can see another World Series on the horizon.

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