Boston Red Sox Win Game Two Behind Strong Offense, Bullpen Performance
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Well, that was exciting. One game after dropping a sloppy and all-around unpleasant Game One, the Red Sox bounced back in a big way. The offense put up six on the Astros while the bullpen put together one of their best performances of the season. All in all, it was enough for a much-needed victory. The Boston Red Sox win Game Two, 7-4, and tie the series heading into Houston.
Boston Red Sox Win Game Two
The Red Sox came out of the gate hot, immediately putting the pressure on Astros starter Gerrit Cole. Mookie Betts started off the bottom of the first with a leadoff double, and Andrew Benintendi drove him home one batter later.
The damage wasn’t done just yet, as Rafael Devers hit a single to left, scoring Benintendi and loading the bases. However, Ian Kinsler and Jackie Bradley Jr. couldn’t finish the job and the Red Sox left the first with “just” a 2-0 lead.
After a quiet first, David Price ran into some troubles in the second. Price allowed two baserunners before George Springer hit a weak grounder that found a hole to make it a 2-2 game. Price allowed two runs in the third, but these two were much more earned. Marwin Gonzalez crushed a no-doubter over the wall to make it a 4-2 game entering the bottom of the third.
However, the Astros lead wouldn’t last long. For the second time in three innings, the Red Sox loaded the bases for Jackie Bradley Jr. However, this time Jackie rose to the occasion. The center fielder launched a bases-clearing double off the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead.
Price went back onto the mound and didn’t allow another run, although he did run into some trouble in the fifth. In all, Price finished his night going 4.2 innings while allowing four earned runs before turning it over to the bullpen. Matt Barnes came on to finish the fifth, getting out of the inning in just four pitches.
Barnes and Ryan Brasier recorded seven straight outs to hold the Red Sox lead entering the bottom of the seventh. Mookie Betts led off the inning with a walk and made it all the way around the bases thanks to some terrible defense. Astros catcher Martin Maldonado had three separate passed balls, allowing Mookie to make it home and give the Red Sox a 6-4 lead.
With a two-run lead, manager Alex Cora opted to send out Rick Porcello for the top of the eighth. That faith was rewarded, as Porcello sent down all three batters he faced. Craig Kimbrel came out for the ninth, and even though he made it dramatic, he eventually finished the job.