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David Price takes 'baby steps' towards erasing postseason legacy of failure as Red Sox win his start

John Tomase
October 15, 2018 - 1:44 am

David Price can't be picky. He may have been pulled from Sunday's victory over the Astros one out shy of qualifying for a victory, but his team got the W.

And believe it or not, that's a first.

It took 11 playoff starts, but Price can finally say his team won one of them. Price gutted out some jams to keep the Red Sox in a game they'd ultimately win 7-5 to even the American League Championship Series with the Astros at 1-1.

"We won," Price said. "That's my first team win as a starter. So if it's baby steps, it's baby steps. I expect to win. But I'm very happy that we won."

Price wasn't exceptional by any means, but he exhibited some toughness. He allowed five hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four. He allowed one big hit – a two-run homer by Marwin Gonzalez – and also watched George Springer cue a two-run single to right with a defensive swing.

Otherwise, he pitched out of trouble to give the Red Sox a chance. After lasting only 1 2/3 innings in Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Yankees, he'll take this positive step on his postseason starting resume.

"You can ask any of my teammates, for the 10 years I've been in the big leagues or coaches or anybody that's been around me, all I want to do is win," Price said. "I expect myself to be great in big moments, and I haven't done that thus far in my career. But I came here to win, period. I came here to win a World Series and to do it multiple times. And that's what I'm about.
"I put myself aside. This isn't about me. I understand the narratives. I get that. I deserve those narratives. But this is bigger than David Price. This isn't about me. This is about the Boston Red Sox."

If the Red Sox want to win a World Series, especially with ace Chris Sale looking less than 100 percent, they'll need Price to pitch a lot better than he did on Sunday, which was nonetheless a step in the right direction.

Price left the mound to a standing ovation and then expressed his gratitude.

"It's definitely appreciated," he said. "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have tonight. But our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together. That's what we've done all year. Whenever starters needed to be picked up, they picked us up and vice versa. So that was big."