David Price pitches Red Sox back into another World Series

Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

Actually, he was more than ticked.

The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven American League Championship Series against the Astros 3-1.

Officials decided that an Astros fan in the crowd, who tried to catch the ball, had stopped Red Sox fielder Mookie Betts from catching it.

Although Boston outfielder Mookie Betts did not come down with the ball, he was close to catching it and possibly would have had a fan not interfered with his glove. On the very next offering, an 81 miles per hour curveball, Verlander surrendered a home run to Martinez, who sent the pitch over the left-field wall and off the Conoco Phillips sign to give Boston a 1-0 lead. The ball careened back onto the field, but umpire Joe West immediately called fan interference and ruled that Altuve was out. It appeared that Betts' glove closed too soon, possibly after being contacted by a fan, and the ball bounced off it and a fan's hand, then back onto the field of play. It's whoever is playing the best baseball at the time.

You can argue that baseball does a poorer job at this than any of the big pro sports which employ video review. All games will be broadcast on FOX. One situation in particular that came up was the Game 163 that decided the National League West division championship between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. With permutations as elevated as they were on Wednesday, there is no excuse. "That is why I called spectator interference".

He won't be the only one. "But we want more", Price said.

It was kind of a Maier call in reverse Wednesday against the Astros. A series that ended with the underdog Boston Red Sox - and yes, the 108-win Red Sox were underdogs - ripping off four straight wins over the defending champions. Altuve was ruled out and Springer was sent back to first base.

Yes, we all know David Price is not a good starter in the postseason.

Afterward, Caldwell said security approached him. He said his initial interview with Jays general manager Ross Atkins and others went well. After recently losing weight, he threw on flat ground Thursday, leading Cora to say Sale was ready. Houston had October stalwart Justin Verlander starting on full rest and Boston had October dud Price going on three days' rest between starts for the first time in his career, less than 24 hours after he had warmed to potentially pitch in relief in the Game 4 epic. Their next game will be Tuesday night at Fenway Park, in Game 1 of the World Series, their fourth berth in 15 years. The Dodgers lead that series 3-2 with Game 6 set for Friday in Milwaukee. The first to do so was the 1985 Jays, who fell 4-3 to the Royals ...

The answer would depend on how well Price pitched, and by the middle of the game, the Red Sox had it: This was a night to go for the kill.

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