Bullpen delivers, Betts seals it for Sox in Game 2

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Josh Reddick hit a solo homer to lead off the ninth, and Yuli Gurriel curled a three-run shot into the front row beyond the Pesky Pole to give the defending World Series champions their fifth straight post-season victory.

Down 0-1 in the series, the Red Sox will come back with David Price for Game 2 Sunday night.

In the ALCS for the first time since 2013, the Red Sox got four innings from Sale, who struggled early and allowed two runs on one hit while working around four walks.

Sale allowed just one hit in four innings against the Astros in Saturday's Game 1 at Fenway, but walked four batters, saw his velocity uncharacteristically low for much of the outing and struggled with his command - especiall with his tradmark slider.

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

There were two out, two on and two runs already in when Justin Verlander threw a 98 miles per hour fastball to Andrew Benintendi near the outside corner Saturday for strike three. Both failed to minimize it, Price allowing a two-run double to George Springer in the second and a two-run homer to Marwin Gonzalez in the third, and Cole giving up a three-run double to left by Jackie Bradley Jr.in the third.

Andrew Benintendi was called out on strikes to end the fifth on a 3-2 pitch that was a tad outside.

Benintendi dropped his bat and vocalized his disagreement with plate umpire James Hoye's call.

Cora continued to yell from the dugout and was tossed by Hoye.

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Boston is coming off a lousy night all around in a 7-2 loss to Houston.

When Bradley came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the third, the Red Sox trailed 4-2 and, per basic win expectancy, had just a 36.9 percent of winning Game 2. Sale gave up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter, and his average fastball velocity of 92 miles per hour was down 3 miles per hour from the Division Series. "But obviously whenever you have to go to the hospital you've got to be 'worried'".

"It wasn't the line I dreamed of having tonight but our offence, our defence rallied together", said Price.

"Alex told me before we even got off the field that night" that he would get another start, Price said before the game. We went out there to make sure there was no issue with his head.

There hadn't been a playoff team to simple walk 10 since the 2008 Tampa Bay Devil Rays walked 10 Red Sox in a 9-8 win in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Boston catcher Christian Vazquez hit second-base umpire Joe West on his right shoulder with a throw when Jake Marisnick stole second in the eighth. The Sox aren't keeling over in this series.

Pedroia was 16 for 58 against Price in his career before the left-hander signed a free agent deal with the Red Sox prior to the 2016 season.

"I saw him smiling today, which is always good", Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said of Betts. Gonzalez made it 4-2 when he hit Price's full-count fastball off an advertisement above the Monster seats with two outs in the third.

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