Red Sox beat Astros 10-3, avoid elimination in ALDS Game 3

BOSTON (AP) Hanley Ramirez waved a ''Believe in Boston'' flag during pregame introductions, drawing cheers from a Fenway Park crowd fearful of a second straight postseason sweep.

Then he gave the Red Sox exactly what they wished for: more October baseball.

''I just tried to wake everybody up,'' Ramirez said after delivering four hits and three RBIs to lead the AL East champions to a 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Sunday.

''I think that's my job: Find a way to come through in big situations,'' the designated hitter said. ''It's the playoffs. It's go time.''

David Price pitched four scoreless innings after another Boston starter faltered, and 20-year-old Rafael Devers hit the go-ahead homer to help the Red Sox snap a five-game postseason losing streak.

Mitch Moreland had three of Boston's 15 hits - matching its combined total from Games 1 and 2, a pair of 8-2 losses. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first postseason homer, a three-run shot in a six-run seventh that put the game away.

UP NEXT

Game 4 of the best-of-five series is Monday in Boston. First pitch will be at 1:08 p.m. - it would have been moved to 7:08 p.m. if Cleveland had finished its ALDS sweep of the Yankees later Sunday.

Houston right-hander Charlie Morton will start against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.

Rain is in the forecast.

''We've been watching The Weather Channel for a couple of months now,'' said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, whose team was forced to play a home series in Tampa Bay in August when Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston. ''So that's not unusual for us.''

EARLY TROUBLE

Carlos Correa homered for the Astros as they took a first-inning lead for the third straight game. Up 3-0 with two on and one out in the second, Houston chased Doug Fister and Joe Kelly retired George Springer before Josh Reddick hit a long fly ball to right field that Mookie Betts caught at the top of the short wall to end the inning.

''It would have been a great spot for us to get another three runs and big momentum for us. And that seemed to be big momentum for those guys,'' Reddick said. ''They come up after that and they take the lead. So I just l wish the park was a little bit shorter.''

RED SOX RELIEF

Kelly pitched the third, and then Price scattered four hits and a walk while throwing 57 pitches in his longest outing since July. Since going to the bullpen in September after missing most of the season with elbow problems, Price has made seven straight scoreless appearances.

''He's a machine. He's a competitor. And when he's on the mound he's going to give everything he has,'' Ramirez said. ''That's him. That's his attitude. And that's why he's here.''

EARLY TROUBLE II

Astros starter Brad Peacock escaped the second inning with a 3-1 lead despite loading the bases with nobody out, but he ran into bigger trouble in the third.

After Peacock struck out Boston's No. 3 and 4 hitters, Andrew Benintendi and Betts, Moreland doubled and scored on Ramirez's line drive over left fielder Marwin Gonzalez's outstretched glove. Francisco Liriano gave up Devers' two-run homer to right that gave Boston a 4-3 lead - its first in 44 postseason innings dating to Game 1 of the 2016 ALDS.

Peacock allowed three runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. Liriano got just one out while allowing one run and two hits for the Astros, who have never swept a postseason series.

YOUNG GUNS

Devers, who turns 21 on Oct. 24, is the youngest Red Sox player to homer in the postseason and one of only six players in major league history to hit a postseason home run before their 21st birthday.

The others: Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

BACKING IT UP

Ramirez, who was on the bench to start Game 1, drove in two more runs with a seventh-inning double before Bradley's homer bounced off Reddick's glove and into the stands behind the Pesky Pole.

''You like any player that is willing to step up and speak and then back it up,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said, noting that Ramirez vowed Saturday that the team would not be swept in two straight years. ''He had that energy ... it was fantastic. He had a big day.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Houston reliever Lance McCullers took a hard comebacker off his ankle in the fourth, but needed only one warmup pitch to test it and stay in the game.

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BOS1-2
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  • W: J. Kelly (1-0)L: F. Liriano (0-1)
  • HR: HOU - C. Correa (2), BOS - J. Bradley (1), R. Devers (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF51200014.308.357.615.9732.5
J. Reddick RF51210003.333.385.333.7184.0
J. Altuve 2B40300101.727.7861.5452.3314.0
C. Correa SS51121015.231.286.7691.0556.5
M. Gonzalez LF40100023.250.250.333.5830.0
A. Bregman 3B40000013.231.231.538.769-0.5
C. Beltran DH30000110.250.400.250.6500.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40400000.500.538.5001.0384.0
B. McCann C40000005.182.250.182.4320.0
J. Centeno C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS50000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
    D. Pedroia 2B50100003.182.308.182.4901.0
    A. Benintendi LF41100111.167.231.167.3972.5
    M. Betts RF41100131.333.385.500.8851.5
    M. Moreland 1B53300012.400.455.500.9556.5
    H. Ramirez DH42430000.600.636.8001.43610.0
    R. Devers 3B32231101.250.300.625.92511.0
    S. Leon C40210012.500.500.5001.0002.5
    J. Bradley CF41131024.273.273.545.8187.0
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Correa (2)
      • RBI - J. Reddick, C. Correa 2 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland, H. Ramirez (2)
      • HR - R. Devers, J. Bradley
      • RBI - H. Ramirez 3 (3), R. Devers 3 (4), S. Leon (2), J. Bradley 3 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez, R. Devers 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
      • E - C. Correa, M. Gonzalez
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, X. Bogaerts
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock2.263314010.132.63-2.0
      F. Liriano (L, 0-1)0.121100113.503.00-8.0
      L. McCullers3.03222406.001.674.0
      C. Devenski0.033300011.571.71-6.0
      J. Musgrove1.01110014.500.501.0
      L. Gregerson1.00000100.000.503.5
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister1.143311120.253.75-4.5
      J. Kelly (W, 1-0)1.22000000.001.508.0
      D. Price4.04001400.001.059.0
      A. Reed1.01000009.002.002.0
      C. Smith1.02000100.003.001.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister1.1
      J. Kelly (W, 1-0)1.2
      D. Price4.0
      A. Reed1.0
      C. Smith1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 58-39, F. Liriano 12-8, L. McCullers 49-30, C. Devenski 12-6, J. Musgrove 14-11, L. Gregerson 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 2-2, L. McCullers 4-0, L. Gregerson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 15, F. Liriano 3, L. McCullers 13, C. Devenski 3, J. Musgrove 4, L. Gregerson 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Fister, J. Kelly
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 38-20, J. Kelly 22-13, D. Price 57-37, A. Reed 7-5, C. Smith 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 2-1, J. Kelly 2-2, D. Price 3-5, A. Reed 1-2, C. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 9, J. Kelly 6, D. Price 17, A. Reed 4, C. Smith 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS1-2
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF51200014.308.357.615.9732.5
      J. Reddick RF51210003.333.385.333.7184.0
      J. Altuve 2B40300101.727.7861.5452.3314.0
      C. Correa SS51121015.231.286.7691.0556.5
      M. Gonzalez LF40100023.250.250.333.5830.0
      A. Bregman 3B40000013.231.231.538.769-0.5
      C. Beltran DH30000110.250.400.250.6500.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40400000.500.538.5001.0384.0
      B. McCann C40000005.182.250.182.4320.0
      J. Centeno C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        X. Bogaerts SS50000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
        D. Pedroia 2B50100003.182.308.182.4901.0
        A. Benintendi LF41100111.167.231.167.3972.5
        M. Betts RF41100131.333.385.500.8851.5
        M. Moreland 1B53300012.400.455.500.9556.5
        H. Ramirez DH42430000.600.636.8001.43610.0
        R. Devers 3B32231101.250.300.625.92511.0
        S. Leon C40210012.500.500.5001.0002.5
        J. Bradley CF41131024.273.273.545.8187.0
        Total3810151023917-----
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Correa (2)
          • RBI - J. Reddick, C. Correa 2 (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moreland, H. Ramirez (2)
          • HR - R. Devers, J. Bradley
          • RBI - H. Ramirez 3 (3), R. Devers 3 (4), S. Leon (2), J. Bradley 3 (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez, R. Devers 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
          • E - C. Correa, M. Gonzalez
          FIELDING
          • DP - M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, X. Bogaerts
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Peacock2.263314010.132.63-2.0
          F. Liriano (L, 0-1)0.121100113.503.00-8.0
          L. McCullers3.03222406.001.674.0
          C. Devenski0.033300011.571.71-6.0
          J. Musgrove1.01110014.500.501.0
          L. Gregerson1.00000100.000.503.5
          Total8.0151010392---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Peacock2.2
          F. Liriano (L, 0-1)0.1
          L. McCullers3.0
          C. Devenski0.0
          J. Musgrove1.0
          L. Gregerson1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Fister1.143311120.253.75-4.5
          J. Kelly (W, 1-0)1.22000000.001.508.0
          D. Price4.04001400.001.059.0
          A. Reed1.01000009.002.002.0
          C. Smith1.02000100.003.001.5
          Total9.01333261---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Fister1.1
          J. Kelly (W, 1-0)1.2
          D. Price4.0
          A. Reed1.0
          C. Smith1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 58-39, F. Liriano 12-8, L. McCullers 49-30, C. Devenski 12-6, J. Musgrove 14-11, L. Gregerson 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 2-2, L. McCullers 4-0, L. Gregerson 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 15, F. Liriano 3, L. McCullers 13, C. Devenski 3, J. Musgrove 4, L. Gregerson 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Fister, J. Kelly
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 38-20, J. Kelly 22-13, D. Price 57-37, A. Reed 7-5, C. Smith 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 2-1, J. Kelly 2-2, D. Price 3-5, A. Reed 1-2, C. Smith 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Fister 9, J. Kelly 6, D. Price 17, A. Reed 4, C. Smith 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Bradley homered to right, Ramirez and Devers scored310
            Devers singled to left center, Moreland scored, Ramirez to third37
            Ramirez doubled to left center, Benintendi and Betts scored, Moreland to third36
          • 3RD INNING
            Devers homered to right center, Ramirez scored34
            Ramirez singled to deep left, Moreland scored, Ramirez to second on left fielder Gonzalez fielding error32
          • 2ND INNING
            Leon singled to left center, Moreland scored, Ramirez to third, Devers to second31
          • 1ST INNING
            Correa homered to center, Reddick scored30
            Reddick singled to center, Springer scored, Reddick to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Carson Smith relieved Addison Reed
            • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Springer reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick grounded into double play shortstop to first, Springer out at second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve reached on an infield single to third
            • C. Correa: Ball, Altuve to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Addison Reed relieved David Price
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman flied out to deep right
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Beltran flied out to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • B. McCann: McCann grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Luke Gregerson relieved Joe Musgrove
            • Juan Centeno catching
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick popped out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
            • C. Correa: Foul, Correa lined out to right
            • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts singled to left center, Benintendi to second
            • Chris Devenski relieved Lance McCullers
            • M. Moreland: Moreland singled to left center, Benintendi to third, Betts to second
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez doubled to left center, Benintendi and Betts scored, Moreland to third
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers singled to left center, Moreland scored, Ramirez to third
            • Joe Musgrove relieved Chris Devenski
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Leon flied out to right
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt to third, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Bradley homered to right, Ramirez and Devers scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts lined out to left
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia flied out to left
            • End of the 7th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to right center
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann flied out to deep right
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer flied out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • D. Pedroia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve singled to shallow right center, Reddick to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa reached on fielder's choice to third, Reddick out at third, Altuve to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Bregman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Correa out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to left center
            • R. Devers: Foul, Devers grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
            • S. Leon: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • David Price relieved Joe Kelly
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beltran grounded out to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to right
            • B. McCann: Ball, McCann lined out to right
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Lance McCullers relieved Francisco Liriano
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to third
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to shallow center, Benintendi to second on shortstop Correa fielding error
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Kelly Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve singled to center
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Correa grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Altuve out at second
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to left center
            • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland doubled to deep center
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to deep left, Moreland scored, Ramirez to second on left fielder Gonzalez fielding error
            • Francisco Liriano relieved Brad Peacock
            • R. Devers: Foul, Devers homered to right center, Ramirez scored
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon singled to deep left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley lined out to first
            • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Beltran walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to center, Beltran to second
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann lined out to center
            • Joe Kelly relieved Doug Fister
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Beltran to third, Gurriel to second on wild pitch, Springer grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland singled to left center
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez singled to right center, Moreland to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Devers walked, Moreland to third, Ramirez to second
            • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Leon singled to left center, Moreland scored, Ramirez to third, Devers to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to first, Ramirez out at home, Devers to third, Leon to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia lined out to left
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to right center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Springer to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Reddick singled to center, Springer scored, Reddick to second
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Altuve grounded out to second, Reddick to third
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa homered to center, Reddick scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pedroia singled to center
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to right
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)