Red Sox shuffle lineup heading into Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros

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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.

The Astros host the Red Sox for Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night.

Boston starter David Price was one out shy of his first post-season win as a starter, departing with two outs in the fifth inning with the Red Sox up 5-4. The left-hander hit Martin Maldonado with a 96 miles per hour fastball around a pair of walks and was one strike away from getting out of it, but Springer laced a full-count fastball under Nunez's glove and into left field for a 2-0 lead.

The Red Sox awakened the shivering, sold-out Fenway crowd in the fifth with Steve Pearce's single - just their second in the game - and two walks before Verlander walked a third batter in a row, forcing in a run.

Mookie Betts hit a hard grounder, and third baseman Alex Bregman threw home for the force and the second out.

After Ian Kinsler struck out, Bradley belted an opposite field double off the Green Monster outfield wall, the ball rattling around in the corner to elude Gonzalez and allow three runs to score.

On a 3-2 count, Benintendi was rung up on a borderline pitch low and away.

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

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Cora continued the argument and was ejected; he handed over his lineup card to bench coach Ron Roenicke and headed down the tunnel. They needed Rick Porcello, their theoretical Game 3 starter, for an inning of relief Sunday night - he delivered a 1-2-3 eighth and punctuated an inning-ending strikeout with a couple of animated fist-pumps - which likely pushes him back to Game 4 and puts Nathan Eovaldi in line to start Game 3 against Houston's Dallas Keuchel.

The series shifts to Houston on Tuesday night for Game 3.

"I don't think anybody likes getting hit with the baseball", Kelly said.

Things got slightly better as the night went on.

"From what I know it's nothing serious, but obviously whenever you have to go to the hospital you have to be quote-unquote anxious", manager Alex Cora said. Relief pitcher Matt Barnes got four outs and Ryan Brasier worked around a two-out walk in the seventh for a scoreless inning. "We've got D.P. on the mound and we got a bunch of guys in here that are fired up over tonight". Now the pitcher with a career 5.28 ERA in the playoffs is tasked with out-dueling Gerrit Cole, the Astros' co-ace who struck out 12 across seven innings against Cleveland in his lone ALDS start. We went out there to make sure there was no issue with his head. "This is the time when we kick in gear and start fighting".

Gonzalez almost exited the game in the bottom of the third when he crashed into the Green Monster attempting to catch Pearce's fly ball that went for a double. A brief staredown ensued between Bregman and Kelly, though whether the hit by pitch was intentional was clouded by the appearance of the Red Sox' trainer immediately after.

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.

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