Red Sox clobber Astros to get within 2-1 in series
The AL East postseason participants are still alive in the division series. The Red Sox did it by getting a great relief performance from their former ace, while the Yankees' ace shook off a very shaky regular season.
David Price scattered four hits over four shutout innings of reliever before the Bosox erupted for six runs in the seventh inning to beat the Astros, 10-3. Price inherited a 4-3 lead and kept it intact, striking out four and allowing five baserunners in helping the Red Sox get within two games to one.
Boston starter Doug Fister was reached for three runs in the first inning, including Carlos Correa's two-run homer. Fister was replaced in the second inning by Joe Kelly who became the winning pitcher following a go-ahead, two-run homer by Rafael Devers in the bottom of the second.
The 20-year-old Devers is the youngest Red Sox player to homer in the postseason, and one of only six players in major league history to hit a postseason home run before their 21st birthday.
Hanley Ramirez had four hits and three RBIs to help the Red Sox end a five-game postseason skid. Mitch Moreland had three hits and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first postseason homer, a three-run shot in the seventh.
Francisco Liriano served up Devers' homer and took the loss.
Game 4 is Monday in Boston, weather permitting. Houston right-hander Charlie Morton is expected to start against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, but there is rain in the forecast.
In the Bronx, the Yankees received an outstanding pitching performance from Masahiro Tanaka in a 1-0 triumph over the Indians. Tanaka struck out seven while holding Cleveland to three hits over seven innings for his first victory in two career postseason starts.
The Indians also received a strong starting effort from Carlos Carrasco, who was reached for just three hits while striking out seven over 5 2/3s.
Greg Bird broke the scoreless deadlock with a seventh-inning homer off loser Andrew Miller.
Aroldis Chapman struck out four in a five-out save as the Yankees forced a Game 4 at home on Monday night.
Luis Severino is slated to start for the Yankees against Trevor Bauer, but rain is expected in the area.