Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cora defends Price from media criticism after Game 5 gem

Cora defends Price from media criticism after Game 5 gem

"Boston is a ideal 5-0 in road games this postseason, with two wins in NY in the ALDS and three in Houston in the ALCS", notes CBSSports.com's Katherine Acquavella. It's the Red Sox's 14th pennant in franchise history.

Next stop for the 108-win Red Sox is Fenway Park for the World Series opener Tuesday night against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers.

The Dodgers now lead the Brewers by a 3-2 margin heading into Game 6 on Friday.

The Red Sox are the first team to win four straight postseason games against a 100-win club since the 2004 Sox against both the Yankees and Cardinals, STATS said. On only three days of rest, Price simply dominated in the most-difficult circumstances he's faced in years. It was the first hit and earned run Barnes had allowed this postseason, following 6 1/3 innings of dominance. Price's fastball/changeup combination was what kept the Astros lineup from scoring a run during his outing.

Our panel of "experts" overwhelmingly picked the Astros in either a five or six game series.

The Red Sox are four wins away from another world championship.

Look at J.D. Martinez as the sorely-needed Big Papi reboot, providing power, sure, but also leadership.

The Red Sox struck first when Martinez hit his first homer since Game 1 of the ALDS, a solo shot in the third off Justin Verlander. It's his teammates' fault for not backing him up - at all - at the plate. He's nearly a part of them, but he's not, and it's just natural for him.

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Three innings later and Boston went deep on Verlander again. "Threw quite a few pitches to come in for the next hitter, found something out while doing that and kind of just carried that over to today", Price said. It's safe to say, he was feeling it.

On Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday afternoon, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked for his thoughts on the matter, and he said it didn't bother him.

All nine of Bradley's RBI came with two outs.

If not for Osuna's complete collapse on the mound, the Astros could have attempted a comeback in the final two innings down only a run. But in those last three losses, he went 2 for 12, reached base just four times and drove in just one run.

"There's been a lot of doubt going around through the season, through the postseason, about everyone else but me", Kimbrel said.

Price was warming in the bullpen as Game 4 ended, perhaps jeopardizing his readiness for Thursday.

The team's official Twitter page got in on the action later, posting video of the team celebrating its trip to the World Series with the caption: "lil post series video work". You can stream on fuboTV (Try for free).

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