Even in victory, the Red Sox were weakened, though the degree to which is still unknown.
Price was not eligible for the victory because he did not last the five innings required by baseballs rules.
Price was within an out of putting himself in position for his first postseason win as a starter, in his 11th try, but with two outs in the fifth and the Red Sox bullpen heating up, he walked Tyler White on four pitches, the second walk Price had issued in the inning - and the 14th issued by the Red Sox in the first 14 innings of this series.
The AL Central champs tied it in the second on Springer's two-run double down the right-field line. Admittedly not at his sharpest, Price only had one clean inning but said the key was limiting the damage.
"I put myself aside", he said. He gave Boston a 7-4 lead with an RBI double in the eighth.
All eyes will be on Dallas Keuchel, who will start for the Astros. There is no telling how this start will go for him, but there are worse options. As he left the field, many among the 37,960 Fenway Faithful offered up a standing ovation.
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The roar of the winds, he said, sounded like a jet engine. "So I followed the mandatory evacuation order and left with my wife". Officials were concerned to help people who could be trapped in various areas along the coast, he told a news conference.
"That was definitely appreciated", Price said. "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have, but our offence, our defence, everybody rallied together".
Manager Alex Cora said "everything is fine" and Sale would be back with the team before Game 3 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).
He then moved to third and then home on a pair of passed balls by catcher Martin Maldonado.
Sunday's was a unusual game that featured nine runs and all sorts of drives launched off, over and beyond the classic green fences at Fenway in the first three innings, but not so much as another hit on either side until the bottom of the eighth.
Sale will rejoin the team in Houston for the next three games, but the severity of his illness is still unknown.
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The Red Sox hit him harder than anyone has in quite a while on Sunday, however, a needed offensive outburst to counter Price's minor woes.
And second baseman Jose Altuve has a knee injury that appeared to be hampering him around the bases in the ninth inning of Game 2.
When Astros right fielder Gonzalez destroyed a two-out offering form Price in the third and launched it well over the Green Monster and beyond, the Astros made some history as a team. But, against left-handed hitting, they recorded a pedestrian.313 wOBA (18th-best in MLB).
The wall exacted a little revenge on Gonzalez in the next inning, however. He began vomiting and went to the hospital early Sunday morning, according to the skipper.
The win ensured that that these teams will play at least a Game 5, in Houston.
The southpaw was kept overnight at Massachusetts General Hospital for observation, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora wasn't overly concerned about his star pitcher's status. On Turner's TV Everywhere platforms, viewership was up 53% in total streaming minutes per game during the 2018 MLB Postseason. He's one of the best players in the game.
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