The Boston Red Sox came into the American League Championship Series with serious questions about their pitching and did nothing in Game 1 to quell concern. The Red Sox will try to bounce back and even the best-of-seven series at one win apiece when they host the Houston Astros in Game 2 on Sunday.

Boston ace Chris Sale allowed just one hit but yielded two runs and walked four batters while needing 86 pitches to get through four innings before handing things over to a bullpen that proved to be overmatched. Red Sox pitchers issued 10 walks and hit three batters in the 7-2 setback, tying a franchise record for most free passes in a postseason game. The Astros were content to let Boston pitchers beat themselves before receiving a few key hits from the likes of George Springer, Carlos Correa, Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel to remain undefeated in the 2018 playoffs. The Red Sox will turn to another star pitcher with a less-than-stellar postseason resume when David Price attempts to record his first playoff win as a starter while going up against Houston All-Star Gerrit Cole on Sunday.

TV: 7:09 p.m. ET, TBS

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Gerrit Cole (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH David Price (0-1, 16.20)

Cole followed a fantastic first season in Houston by dominating in his lone start in the AL Division Series, registering 12 strikeouts over seven innings while allowing one run and three hits to defeat Cleveland. The former No. 1 overall pick by Pittsburgh, who went 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against Boston during the regular season, is in the LCS for the first time in his career. "It's exciting," Cole told reporters. "It's what you work really hard for and you dream about, you know, to come into situations like this. And when you're doing it at this type of venue, with this type of history and this type of - I know what the atmosphere - I haven't done it, but I have a feeling it's going to be just like buzzing the whole time."

Price could not make it through the second inning against the New York Yankees in the ALDS, as he was ripped for three runs on three hits - two homers - and a pair of walks en route to a loss. The former AL Cy Young Award winner did not allow a run in two relief appearances spanning 6 2/3 innings against Houston in the 2017 ALDS but is 0-9 with a 6.03 ERA in 10 career postseason starts. "It's different baseball," Price told reporters regarding the playoffs. "It is. It's fun. I enjoy it. Haven't been successful the way that I know I can be and will be, but I look forward to getting out there tomorrow."

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox MGR Alex Cora was ejected from Game 1 for arguing balls and strikes.

2. Houston 3B Alex Bregman is 5-for-10 with seven walks and seven runs scored this postseason.

3. Boston LH batters Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. combined to go 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts in the series opener.

PREDICTION: Astros 5, Red Sox 2  Bet Now

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Team Name

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Gerrit Cole Pitching order:1
Lance McCullers Jr. Pitching order:2
Josh James Pitching order:3
Hector Rondon Pitching order:4
Tony Sipp Pitching order:5
Marwin Gonzalez Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Martin Maldonado Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Jose Altuve Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Tony Kemp Batting order:5 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (DH)
Evan Gattis Batting order:8 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
George Springer Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Josh Reddick Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Alex Bregman Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Carlos Correa Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Yuli Gurriel Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)
Tyler White Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Designated Hitter (DH)

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David Price Pitching order:1
Matt Barnes Pitching order:2
Ryan Brasier Pitching order:3
Rick Porcello Pitching order:4
Craig Kimbrel Pitching order:5
Andrew Benintendi Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Christian Vazquez Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Ian Kinsler Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Mitch Moreland Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Jackie Bradley Jr. Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Mookie Betts Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Rafael Devers Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Xander Bogaerts Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Steve Pearce Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)
Sandy Leon Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Pinch Runner (PR)
2nd Position: (C)
J.D. Martinez Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Designated Hitter (DH)

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