He will be held overnight for observation.
Even in victory, the Red Sox were weakened, though the degree to which is still unknown.
The acclaim was not a salute for a brilliant performance by Price, for it was not that at all.
Price's third inning was more his own doing.
"We won", Price declared afterward.
"We won. That's my first team win as a starter". I came here to win a World Series and to do it multiple times. I know he's, what we call grinding and battling and doing everything that he can.
The Sox desperately needed a clean inning, and Price spun a 1-2-3 fourth to keep the momentum in Boston's favor. The downside is that he would then be ineligible for the World Series, should Boston make it that far.
"He gave his team a chance to win", Cora said after Game 2. Game 3 is slated for a 5:09 PM ET start on Tuesday.
And the Red Sox bullpen, long considered the weakest segment of the Boston roster, had to cover the 13 outs that Price left behind, an effort that was aided by the insurance runs the Red Sox scored in the seventh and eighth against the Astros' previously untouchable bullpen (albeit the lesser portion of it).
The Red Sox closer has allowed at least one earned run in all three of his postseason outings in 2018. Entering Sunday's game, Price's teams - he has pitched in the playoffs with Tampa Bay, Detroit and Toronto in his 11-year career - had gone 0-10 in the 10 career postseason starts he had made. Alex Bregman has 31 home runs and 103 RBIs on the season for the Astros.
Cora wants the right-handed bat against lefty Dallas Keuchel, who actually has reverse splits and was hit better by left-handed batters (.281, .707 OPS) than righties (.259, .703) this season. As the ball bounced back toward the infield, it hopped on the padding along the side wall, just out of Gonzalez's reach. "I've got to go out there and pitch my game tomorrow and I can't have any distractions".
Price surrendered four runs off five hits and four walks, striking out four along the way.
The AL Central champs tied it in the second on Springer's two-run double down the right-field line. Cora has never paid much mind to pitcher wins, so why start in the ALCS? Who would have ever thought Red Sox fans would have a reason to cheer Price in a playoff game? It was Cole. "Early I thought he was a little over-amped", said Hinch. "This isnt about me". I understand the narratives and I deserve those. "This isnt about me, this is about the Boston Red Sox". But I don't throw a ball. When Springer popped up for the first out, they roared.
"Great moment for you and baseball", Eckersley wrote.
The Boston offense gave Price a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run double by Jackie Bradley Jr., and he thanked them with a 1-2-3 top of the forth. After a delay, Gonzalez stayed in the game.
Bradley's double to left in the third inning plated Xander Bogaerts, Steve Pearce and Rafael Devers to put the Sox up, 5-4.
Matt Barnes struck out Gonzalez to end the inning and then pitched a flawless sixth to earn the victory.
His winless streak as a postseason starter continues.
Austin Barnes is subbing into the Dodgers' lineup at catcher in place of struggling Yasmani Grandal for Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. The jinx, perhaps, is starting to crumble. "It wasn't the [box score] line I dreamed to have tonight".