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West, while manning second base in Game 1 of the playoff series between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park, was drilled in the shoulder by an errant throw from Boston catcher Christian Vasquez. After McCullers struck out Martinez, he bounced a curveball to Bogaerts that skipped away from Maldonado and allowed Betts to scamper home, increasing the Sox's lead to 6-4.

Sunday night was the first time Cole allowed five runs in a start since September 23 of last season, which is 34 starts ago.

Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two postseason wins in relief in his career.

"But you can't argue balls and strikes", he said.

For Cole, there was a common thread each time he got beat Sunday night: Missing location.

The ball skipped just under Eduardo Núñez's glove at third base and almost made it to the warning track in left field before Andrew Benintendi scooped it.

Cora's ejection marks the second straight playoff game against the Astros when the Red Sox manager has been tossed, as John Farrell was ejected during Game 4 of the 2017 American League Division Series.

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The Astros are the World Series champs - and the betting favourites in this one - for a reason. That one checked in at 96 miles per hour.

After the sequence unfolded, several people on Twitter praised Red Sox fans for not pulling a Steve Bartman. Cole missed his spot, put the fastball somewhere Benintendi could handle it, and gave up a run-scoring hit. The Astros scored two runs in the second inning when George Springer's sharp ground ball went under the glove of third baseman Eduardo Nunez. Batters can't be sitting back waiting for the ball four call. After that, it was the eighth inning guy so many thought the Red Sox might not have. The Fenway crowd showered him with a standing ovation as he departed with two outs in the fifth inning. Cole gave it back and then some in the third.

ON THE BUMP- Price struggled with his command in the first inning.

After loading the bases and striking out Ian Kinsler for the second out, Cole missed his locate with a 2-1 fastball to Jackie Bradley Jr., who banged it off the Green Monster the other way for a bases-clearing double.

In the Yankees start, Cora said, Price's main problem was a failure to change speeds, which allowed the Yankees to get some big swings on him. Instead it was up and out over the plate. Three-and-a-third innings. One hit.

Houston took advantage of another hit batter in the sixth - this one by reliever Joe Kelly - and Nunez's fielding error on Gurriel's grounder to take a 3-2 lead.