Astros pile on late, rout Red Sox in ALCS Game 1

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire James Hoye during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

After the sequence unfolded, several people on Twitter praised Red Sox fans for not pulling a Steve Bartman. Verlander walked four - tying a career postseason high, and more than he had in any outing in the regular season this year. Price hasn't pitched since allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings in a Game 2 Division Series loss to the Yankees. To be able to get out of that inning and keep us tied that was to me, the ballgame. "Couldn't point a finger to why", Verlander said. "If you're not kind of at your peak interest level at playing the game then something's wrong with you".

Later in that first inning Cole missed his spot again, this time leaving a 2-2 fastball out over the plate to Rafael Devers, who poked it through the left side of the infield to drive in another run. Gurriel laced a one-out single to center and scored when Marwin Gonzalez hammered two-out two-run home run over the Green Monster.

The Red Sox hadn't even swapped their jerseys for ALDS CHAMPIONS T-shirts last Tuesday when manager Alex Cora told Price that he would start Game 2 of the ALCS. Cora has expressed confidence in Price, a Cy Young Award victor who is 0-9 in 10 postseason starts, and the 108-win Red Sox will need him to be better than Sale was in the opener. Instead starter David Price kept the game close, and a resurgent Boston offense-highlighted by likely AL MVP Mookie Betts's two-double night-took down the defending champs.

After J.D. Martinez lined out to second base, Xander Bogaerts tapped one back to the mound but Cole airmailed the throw to first, allowing Benintendi to take third and Bogaerts to scamper to second.

Verlander issued his first bases-loaded walk since August 3, 2015, when he walked Mitch Moreland to make it 2-1.

"I think knowing what's at stake and having experienced it, I think there's just a great boost of adrenaline that kicks in at this time", Hinch said. "That will make everybody sit up straight, feel a little better and kick it in gear". At worst he should've knocked the ball down to limit the damage. Overall, Boston allowed 10 walks, setting a team record for a nine-inning postseason game, and also hit three batters. Verlander walked a third batter in a row, forcing in a run.

Alex Bregman scored on Correa's hit after starting the inning by getting hit by Kelly's 100 miles per hour fastball.

Andrew Benintendi worked the count full before looking at a 3-2 pitch that appeared to catch the edge of the zone for the third out. He can beat you in so many different ways. They both got hit pretty hard.

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