Price pitches Red Sox past Dodgers 4-2 for 2-0 Series lead

BOSTON (AP) From playoff flop to October ace in two legacy-shifting starts, David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row and moved the Boston Red Sox halfway to yet another World Series title.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball, and major league RBI leader J.D. Martinez broke a fifth-inning tie during another two-out rally to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers need a win to avoid an 0-3 deficit that no World Series team has ever recovered from.

''This is the biggest stage in baseball,'' Price said after his longest postseason outing since signing a seven-year, $217 million contract to come to Boston in 2016. ''To be able to do that, it feels good, for sure. I'm pumped for myself, pumped for all my teammates and coaches for us to be two wins away.''

Mookie Betts had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their last 16 World Series games dating to a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004. They have won two more championships since then, in `07 and '13.

Not bad for a team that went the previous 86 years without a title.

And Price had battled a curse of his own.

The one-time Dodgers draft pick has pitched like an ace in the regular season but was 0-9 in his first 10 postseason starts before this October. Whether with Tampa Bay, Toronto, Detroit or Boston, his team had never won a playoff game he started before this year.

But the Red Sox have now won his last three postseason starts, including the ALCS Game 5 clincher against the defending World Series champion Astros in which he pitched six shutout innings.

''I get it, the numbers and all that. But this guy is a great pitcher,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''He's been one of the best pitchers in the big leagues for a while, and he cares.''

On a frigid night at Fenway Park, Price held the highest-scoring team in the NL hitless through three innings and retired the last seven batters he faced. He struggled only in the fourth, loading the bases with nobody out on two singles and a walk as the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead - their first of the Series.

''I'm so happy for him and proud of him,'' Martinez said. ''Going through all that criticism that he's been getting here, to bounce back to what he's been doing.''

And the Red Sox batters did what they've been doing: scoring with two outs.

In an uncanny stretch of clutch hitting that's been their hallmark throughout their 108-win season, the Red Sox scored all their runs in Game 2 with two outs, including a three-run rally in the fifth that only started after Hyun-Jin Ryu set down Ian Kinsler and Jackie Bradley Jr.

Christian Vazquez singled, Betts did the same and Andrew Benintendi worked the count full before walking to load the bases, chasing Ryu. Ryan Madson walked Steve Pearce to tie the game before Martinez, who had 130 RBIs in the regular season, dropped a flare in front of right fielder Yasiel Puig for a two-run single that gave Boston a 4-2 lead.

BIG FINISH

Price and three relievers retired the last 16 Los Angeles batters, with Craig Kimbrel closing out the Dodgers in the ninth for his sixth save this postseason . Not since Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game for the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers has an AL team retired as many consecutive hitters to finish a World Series game, according to STATS.

''We had him. We had him on the ropes,'' Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. ''The difference is they got the big hit when they needed, and we didn't.''

Boston's other run came on Kinsler's two-out single in the second. The Red Sox, who led the majors in two-out runs in the regular season, have scored 36 of their 68 runs this postseason - and nine of their 12 in the Series - with two outs.

IN A HOLE

The last 10 teams to win the first two games of the World Series - and 16 of the last 17 - have gone on to win it all. And the NL West champions will need to do it against a team that has won six straight postseason games and five in a row on the road.

''We're just in the middle of the World Series,'' Dodgers first baseman David Freese said. ''We're down 2-0, we get that. We just understand that Game 3 is a necessity, just like Game 2.''

GREAT CATCH

One night after getting four hits, Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a leaping, spread-eagle catch to rob Brian Dozier of an extra-base hit leading off the fifth. With the ball tailing away from him toward the corner, Benintendi jumped, kicked and pulled it in a few feet in front of the Green Monster scoreboard.

''Me and Mookie work on our ballet a lot, especially in spring training,'' Benintendi said.

Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger may have done him one better, sliding under Martinez's long drive to make a nice grab in the eighth.

UP NEXT

The teams head to the West Coast for Game 3 at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is scheduled to pitch for Los Angeles against likely Boston starter Rick Porcello.

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  • W: D. Price (2-1)L: H. Ryu (1-2)S: C. Kimbrel (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B20000100.133.350.133.4831.0
C. Bellinger CF10000010.128.227.231.458-0.5
J. Turner 3B40000011.288.362.365.727-0.5
D. Freese 1B21100100.400.444.6671.1113.0
a- J. Pederson PH-LF10000000.233.303.367.6700.0
M. Machado SS41100001.255.304.471.7742.0
C. Taylor LF-2B30000110.300.417.500.9170.5
M. Kemp DH30010010.190.217.381.5980.5
E. Hernandez CF-2B20000012.094.216.188.404-0.5
b- M. Muncy PH-2B-1B10000010.194.370.361.731-0.5
Y. Puig RF30110000.306.405.472.8772.0
A. Barnes C20000012.091.167.091.258-0.5
c- Y. Grandal PH-C10000010.120.241.280.521-0.5
HITTERSAB
B. Dozier 2B2
C. Bellinger CF1
J. Turner 3B4
D. Freese 1B2
a- J. Pederson PH-LF1
M. Machado SS4
C. Taylor LF-2B3
M. Kemp DH3
E. Hernandez CF-2B2
b- M. Muncy PH-2B-1B1
Y. Puig RF3
A. Barnes C2
c- Y. Grandal PH-C1
  • a-flied out for Freese in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Barnes in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41300000.255.340.340.6805.0
A. Benintendi LF31000122.283.353.370.7231.0
S. Pearce 1B20010101.233.378.367.7452.0
a- M. Moreland PH-1B10000011.364.462.455.916-0.5
J. Martinez DH40120000.333.429.538.9673.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100022.256.327.372.6992.0
R. Devers 3B40000021.308.379.423.802-1.0
I. Kinsler 2B30110000.226.250.323.5732.0
J. Bradley CF30100000.176.333.412.7451.0
C. Vazquez C31100010.240.269.400.6691.5
  • a-struck out for Pearce in the 7th
BATTING
  • SF - M. Kemp
  • RBI - M. Kemp (3), Y. Puig (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Turner, M. Machado, A. Barnes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (4), X. Bogaerts (2)
  • RBI - S. Pearce (4), J. Martinez 2 (13), I. Kinsler (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (2), J. Martinez 2 (5), I. Kinsler (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Pearce, M. Moreland, X. Bogaerts 2 (2), J. Bradley
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Taylor
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (L, 1-2)4.26441505.211.37-1.5
R. Madson0.11001101.171.43-1.5
J. Urias1.00000003.380.753.0
K. Maeda0.21000104.151.62-0.5
S. Alexander0.10000100.000.000.5
P. Baez1.00000001.080.603.0
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (L, 1-2)4.2
R. Madson0.1
J. Urias1.0
K. Maeda0.2
S. Alexander0.1
P. Baez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Price (W, 2-1)6.03223504.421.2522.5
J. Kelly (H, 2)1.00000201.230.554.0
N. Eovaldi (H, 2)1.00000101.650.863.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.00000005.401.4410.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Price (W, 2-1)6.0
J. Kelly (H, 2)1.0
N. Eovaldi (H, 2)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Alexander
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 69-47, R. Madson 12-5, J. Urias 9-8, K. Maeda 14-8, S. Alexander 5-3, P. Baez 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 3-5, K. Maeda 1-0, P. Baez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 20, R. Madson 3, J. Urias 3, K. Maeda 3, S. Alexander, P. Baez 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 88-58, J. Kelly 11-8, N. Eovaldi 13-9, C. Kimbrel 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-8, J. Kelly 1-0, N. Eovaldi 1-1, C. Kimbrel 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, J. Kelly 3, N. Eovaldi 3, C. Kimbrel 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Dozier 2B20000100.133.350.133.4831.0
C. Bellinger CF10000010.128.227.231.458-0.5
J. Turner 3B40000011.288.362.365.727-0.5
D. Freese 1B21100100.400.444.6671.1113.0
a- J. Pederson PH-LF10000000.233.303.367.6700.0
M. Machado SS41100001.255.304.471.7742.0
C. Taylor LF-2B30000110.300.417.500.9170.5
M. Kemp DH30010010.190.217.381.5980.5
E. Hernandez CF-2B20000012.094.216.188.404-0.5
b- M. Muncy PH-2B-1B10000010.194.370.361.731-0.5
Y. Puig RF30110000.306.405.472.8772.0
A. Barnes C20000012.091.167.091.258-0.5
c- Y. Grandal PH-C10000010.120.241.280.521-0.5
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HITTERSAB
B. Dozier 2B2
C. Bellinger CF1
J. Turner 3B4
D. Freese 1B2
a- J. Pederson PH-LF1
M. Machado SS4
C. Taylor LF-2B3
M. Kemp DH3
E. Hernandez CF-2B2
b- M. Muncy PH-2B-1B1
Y. Puig RF3
A. Barnes C2
c- Y. Grandal PH-C1
Total29
  • a-flied out for Freese in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Barnes in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41300000.255.340.340.6805.0
A. Benintendi LF31000122.283.353.370.7231.0
S. Pearce 1B20010101.233.378.367.7452.0
a- M. Moreland PH-1B10000011.364.462.455.916-0.5
J. Martinez DH40120000.333.429.538.9673.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100022.256.327.372.6992.0
R. Devers 3B40000021.308.379.423.802-1.0
I. Kinsler 2B30110000.226.250.323.5732.0
J. Bradley CF30100000.176.333.412.7451.0
C. Vazquez C31100010.240.269.400.6691.5
Total314840287-----
  • a-struck out for Pearce in the 7th
BATTING
  • SF - M. Kemp
  • RBI - M. Kemp (3), Y. Puig (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Turner, M. Machado, A. Barnes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (4), X. Bogaerts (2)
  • RBI - S. Pearce (4), J. Martinez 2 (13), I. Kinsler (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (2), J. Martinez 2 (5), I. Kinsler (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Pearce, M. Moreland, X. Bogaerts 2 (2), J. Bradley
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Taylor
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (L, 1-2)4.26441505.211.37-1.5
R. Madson0.11001101.171.43-1.5
J. Urias1.00000003.380.753.0
K. Maeda0.21000104.151.62-0.5
S. Alexander0.10000100.000.000.5
P. Baez1.00000001.080.603.0
Total8.0844280---
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (L, 1-2)4.2
R. Madson0.1
J. Urias1.0
K. Maeda0.2
S. Alexander0.1
P. Baez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Price (W, 2-1)6.03223504.421.2522.5
J. Kelly (H, 2)1.00000201.230.554.0
N. Eovaldi (H, 2)1.00000101.650.863.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.00000005.401.4410.0
Total9.0322380---
PITCHERSIP
D. Price (W, 2-1)6.0
J. Kelly (H, 2)1.0
N. Eovaldi (H, 2)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Alexander
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 69-47, R. Madson 12-5, J. Urias 9-8, K. Maeda 14-8, S. Alexander 5-3, P. Baez 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 3-5, K. Maeda 1-0, P. Baez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 20, R. Madson 3, J. Urias 3, K. Maeda 3, S. Alexander, P. Baez 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 88-58, J. Kelly 11-8, N. Eovaldi 13-9, C. Kimbrel 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-8, J. Kelly 1-0, N. Eovaldi 1-1, C. Kimbrel 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, J. Kelly 3, N. Eovaldi 3, C. Kimbrel 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Martinez singled to right, Betts and Benintendi scored, Pearce to third24
    Pearce walked, Vazquez scored, Betts to third, Benintendi to second22
  • 4TH INNING
    Puig singled to center, Machado scored, Taylor to third21
    Kemp hit sacrifice fly to center, Freese scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Kinsler singled to left, Bogaerts scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Craig Kimbrel relieved Nathan Eovaldi
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Machado flied out to deep center
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor grounded out to second
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Nathan Eovaldi relieved Joe Kelly
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • Joc Pederson hit for David Freese
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Foul, Pederson flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Baez relieved Scott Alexander
    • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to deep center
    • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to deep center
    • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Joe Kelly relieved David Price
    • Max Muncy hit for Enrique Hernandez
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Puig grounded out to third
    • Yasmani Grandal hit for Austin Barnes
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kenta Maeda relieved Julio Urias
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to second
    • M. Betts: Ball, Betts doubled to left center
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
    • Mitch Moreland hit for Steve Pearce
    • Scott Alexander relieved Kenta Maeda
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Betts to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Ball, Machado flied out to left
    • C. Taylor: Taylor grounded bunt out to third
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kemp grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Julio Urias relieved Ryan Madson
    • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Devers lined out to center
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler flied out to center
    • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bradley popped out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier lined out to left
    • J. Turner: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cody Bellinger in center field
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded out to first
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley popped out to shortstop
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Vazquez singled to right
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to center, Vazquez to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked, Vazquez to third, Betts to second
    • Ryan Madson relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked, Vazquez scored, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to right, Betts and Benintendi scored, Pearce to third
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to third, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese singled to right
    • M. Machado: Machado singled to center, Freese to second
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked, Freese to third, Machado to second
    • M. Kemp: Kemp hit sacrifice fly to center, Freese scored
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Puig singled to center, Machado scored, Taylor to third
    • A. Barnes: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig lined out to second
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Barnes flied out to right
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
    • J. Turner: Turner grounded into fielder's choice to third, Dozier out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Vazquez struck out on foul tip
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to left center
    • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Benintendi lined out to center
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez lined out to center
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep center
    • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • I. Kinsler: Foul, Kinsler singled to left, Bogaerts scored
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bradley singled to left center, Kinsler out at third
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Freese walked
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Machado popped out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce popped out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)