Devers then made two great plays at third base, including a do-or-die play to nail Jose Altuve on the run at first base.
Cora has expressed confidence in Price, a Cy Young Award victor who is 0-9 in 10 career postseason starts, and the 108-win Red Sox will need him to be better than Sale was in the opener.
The teams combined for just eight hits, but Red Sox pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters.
Sale threw with diminished velocity and poor command in his Game 1 start on Saturday, but allowed just two runs in four innings in the Sox' eventual 7-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Two batters later, Verlander spiked a curveball that skipped past Martin Maldonado behind the plate; Bradley Jr., on third after a Mookie Betts groundout, scampered home to tie the game at two.
Cora disagreed with a strike call that resulted in Andrew Benintendi stranding the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He slammed his shin guard, bat and helmet and had words with Hoye after the call. That brought Cora out of the dugout with the hook, and as Price handed over the ball and walked off the mound, the Fenway crowd mostly cheered in approval, numerous fans on their feet.
Joe Kelly took the loss, giving up an unearned run on Correa's hit following an error by Eduardo Nunez.
"We came here and won a game, and they played well tonight", Houston third baseman Alex Bregman said. Sale gave up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter, and his average fastball velocity of 92 miles per hour was down 3 miles per hour from the Division Series.
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Things got slightly better as the night went on.
"But you can't argue balls and strikes - and I did", Cora added.
Verlander issued his first bases-loaded walk since August 3, 2015, when he walked Mitch Moreland to make it 2-1.
Cora said it's not an issue "because we know how we're going to work on it". But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and you've got to defend your players. We're not gonna give up.
Gonzalez almost exited the game in the bottom of the third when he crashed into the Green Monster attempting to catch Pearce's fly ball that went for a double. In best-of-sevens tied 1-1, the team that begins the series at home - the Red Sox in this case - goes on to win the series in question 55 percent of the time.
Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two post-season wins in relief in his career.
"I didn't look back at him (after I scored) at all,".
"Alex told me before we even got off the field that night" that he would get another start, Price said before the game. Cora opted to gamble for offense over defense, with Price carrying a 2.37 earned-run average in 13 games with Leon and a 4.68 ERA in 17 games with Vazquez during the regular season.