The Boston Red Sox starting pitching might be a bit of a question mark right now, but they pound out enough hits to beat Houston 7-5 Sunday night to square the American League Championship Series 1-1.
Immediately before the game, news broke that staff ace Chris Sale — who lasted just four innings in a 7-2 game 1 loss — was hospitalized for an undetermined stomach illness. He was kept overnight for evaluation and the team said it would provide updates on his condition when available.
As for Sunday’s big 7-5 win at Fenway, David Price’s trend of uninspiring post-season starts continued.
The $30 million hurler could have gotten in line for the win with Boston up 5-4, but was yanked with two outs in the top of the fifth and two runners aboard. Price’s command of the strike zone eluded him, as he issued four walks and was also tagged for five hits, including a two-run blast by Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez.
With the no-decision, Price’s record as a starter in the playoffs is a dismal 0-9, with a 6.03 ERA.
Reliever Matt Barnes doused the rally, however, by striking out Gonzalez to end the threat in the fifth. The Sox didn’t let up after that big strikeout, scoring two more runs later to seal the victory.