Back on its home field, Boston will try to stick around for at least another game, this time pinning its hopes with right hander Doug Fister, a June waiver signing who became a regular in the starting rotation only because of injuries.
Nothing but question marks after that.
Kimbrel had been warming when Sale went out to start the eighth and served up the solo shot to Bregman. "The Red Sox will always have a good team so it's nothing to doubt". Someone has to pay the price.
They were feisty words from the manager at the end of an emotional afternoon as the Red Sox, motivated by resentment and pride, were able to make this into a real series after all. All bets are off.
The Red Sox turned to their two best pitchers to save them and neither could get the job done.
Kelly pitched the third, and then Price scattered four hits and a walk while throwing 57 pitches in his longest outing since July. But Kimbrel walked his first batter, No. 1 hitter George Springer, before allowing a single to Josh Reddick, scoring pinch runner Cameron Maybin with the go-ahead run. Carlos Beltran added an RBI double in the 9th inning for some insurance for Astros closer Ken Giles to end the Red Sox season. Just ask to go out there, give it everything you have.
Walking off after losing a postseason series is a familiar feeling for the Red Sox. Whether they rise to the occasion with the passion and intensity of game 3 or fall back to the pitiful effort of games 1 and 2 is still a total mystery; their performances and their capabilities are obviously drastically different.
Former Old Dominion University star Justin Verlander, making his first ever major league relief appearance, helps pitch his Houston Astros to their first ever American League Championship Series Monday. That doesn't mean much now.
The Red Sox are making a game of it at Fenway Park. You can not expect to win that way. We didn't achieve our goals.
The Red Sox have a number of good players and a few really good players. They know they lose one, they're done.
Just competing doesn't cut it up here. Entering in the fifth with one on and one out, the Astros leading 2-1, Verlander gave up a two-run homer to his first batter, Andrew Benintendi, who entered the game batting.167, going 2-for-12 in the series.
"To have all of Fenway chanting your name is not such a bad feeling, " Verlander said in the raucous visitor's clubhouse. On Monday, it was Max Scherzer, who was dominant, yet once again, the Cubs came through late. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said before Monday's game he is not be concerned with what might be coming weather-wise and if a delay is on the way. We did better this year than last year. Thoughts were beginning to turn to Dallas Keuchel and Game Five on Wednesday.
This comes down to wins. Not only that, but the Houston Astros absolutely dominated the first two games.
The Tigers selected Verlander with the number two overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft.
"If we keep doing this", the outfielder told the Houston Chronicle.