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Gary Sanchez powers Yankees to win with two homers in Game 2

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Frederick Owens | 08 October, 2018, 15:39

With every bat that met ball was done so with alarming velocity, Price lasted just 1.2 innings and took the loss in an atmosphere squelching 6-2 defeat to the hated New York Yankees. "My main goal is to win in the playoffs, to win a World Series".

Down quickly 3-0 to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, any whisper of faith Red Sox fans had in their No. 2 starter blew away in the October wind as quickly as Aaron Judge's blast in the top of the first.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

There's plenty of baseball left, and the Red Sox have a potent lineup capable of coming back. While Mastrodonato argues that the Red Sox should think about shifting Price to a relief role for the rest of the postseason, the team's not considering it. Price is "one of our starters", said Cora, who added that he simply had a "bad outing" in Game 2.

With four more years and $127 million left on Price contract - he has an opt-out clause, but is unlikely to exercise it - there is plenty of time to debate whether his acute postseason woes are some sort of character flaw, such as a sheer inability to handle the pressure, or a random fluke of statistics and small sample sizes.

One night after Chris Sale earned his first career playoff victory, Price failed in his 10th try to win a postseason start and was booed off the field by a sold-out Fenway Park crowd hoping to see the AL East champions protect the home-field advantage they earned with a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins. He used Rick Porcello in Game 1 and then Eduardo Rodriguez in Game 2.

Cleveland's Francisco Lindor opened the scoring in the third inning with a solo homer off a slider from Cole, who joined the Astros in a January trade after five seasons with Pittsburgh. "I've been fortunate to be patient and find some pitches like that from him, and I've been able to hit them well".

Also of note: Sanchez has six homers off Price and incredibly has done so in just 14 at-bats. Even when he's not hitting, the 29-year-old is a big piece of the Yankee puzzle.

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"It's tough", the Red Sox starter said, via MB.com.

Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka started for NY and allowed Boston batters only one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings.

"Gary has a ton of talent, and he's a guy we never stopped believing in", said Yankees centerfielder Brett Gardner.

It seems to have given him some momentum, because he finished strong and looked near his best in the wild card game against the Oakland A's last Wednesday, when he struck out seven over four-plus innings, allowing just two hits and walking four.

Happ, of course, was touted by Yankees faithful as a key to the series.

In all, Price was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings - the shortest playoff start of his career, and tied with Roger Clemens for the shortest in Red Sox postseason history. "You know, just after we won Game 1 to go out there and have that opportunity to go up 2-0".

How odd was it for followers of the Blue Jays to watch the way Games 1 and 2 of the other ALDS series ended?

Stealing a win on the road in a playoff series makes life a whole lot easier, but it's especially big for the Yankees for several reasons.

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