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On a 48-degree night that left both aces struggling to find the plate - and rookie Red Sox manager Alex Cora struggling to control his temper - Carlos Correa fisted a single into left field to break a sixth-inning tie and give the defending World Series champions their fifth straight postseason victory.

Josh Reddick doubled Houston's lead with a solo homer leading off the ninth.

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.

Game 2 is Sunday night in Boston, when left-hander David Price pitches for the Red Sox opposite Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole.

In a rematch of last year's Division Series opener, when the Astros hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and pounded Sale for seven runs in all, Verlander improved to 13-2 in the AL playoffs. Houston turned the pressure up in the second, loading the bases on a pair of walks and a hit by pitch with two outs.

Mookie Betts doubled and later scored in his first at-bat off Cole last night and finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs.

Verlander recovered from there, punching out Andrew Benintendi on a borderline strike to end the inning.

Cora continued the argument and was ejected; he handed over his lineup card to bench coach Ron Roenicke and headed down the tunnel.

He gave up three hits and only one earned run over 5 2/3 innings.

But Boston, which won the AL East and a franchise-record 108 games, came back in the bottom half, starting with Xander Bogaerts' one-out single and then a double that sent Gonzalez crashing back-first into the metal scoreboard on the left-field wall.

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As Price left the field on this night, the crowd rose to applaud the pitcher they booed off the mound in the Division Series, and he tapped the brim of his cap. "But once that happens, then you've got to reset and not relinquish the lead".

"From what I know it's nothing serious, but obviously whenever you have to go to the hospital you have to be quote-unquote anxious", manager Alex Cora said.

With two outs in the second inning, Sale lost all command, walking two men and hitting another to load the bases.

"I gotta do what I gotta do for my players", he said. "We've got D.P. on the mound and we got a bunch of guys in here that are fired up over tonight".

Cora said it's not an issue "because we know how we're going to work on it".

For starters, the Astros had to lose a postseason game for the first time this fall, and lose a game at Fenway Park for just the fourth time in 11 games dating to the start of 2017.

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.

"I saw him smiling today, which is always good", Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said of Betts.

The Red Sox have not officially announced their starters for Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS.