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David Price won't get win, but isn't a disaster vs. Astros in ALCS Game 2 start

John Tomase
October 14, 2018 - 9:20 pm

David Price wasn't terrible, and the Red Sox will take it.

The Red Sox left-hander still won't have a postseason win under his belt after gutting out 4 2/3 innings vs. the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. He left one out shy of being eligible for victory with a 5-4 lead after putting two runners on base before reliever Matt Barnes escaped the jam.

Price allowed five hits and four walks while working in and out of danger. He allowed four runs, including a two-run homer by Marwin Gonzalez to break a 2-2 tie in the third.

The Red Sox responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame and Price delivered a shutdown fourth to maintain the lead.

After lasting only 1 2/3 innings vs. the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS, Price hoped to perform better this time around, especially since he entered the game winless in 10 postseason starts.

He threw fastballs on 38 of his first 39 pitches, and though he wasn't perfect, he had far better command, especially inside to right-handed hitters, than he did against New York. He ended up throwing 80 pitches and 50 strikes.