2018 World Series

Bedard: The New David Price takes another step overcoming rocky fourth inning

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We had seen this movie before. The 38,644 crammed into Fenway Park had seen it before. Everyone knew how it was going to end.

There was Red Sox starting pitcher David Price, cruising through the first three innings of his first World Series start with a 1-0 lead, when he encountered major turbulence in the fourth inning.

A single by David Freese. Single by Manny Machado. Walk to Chris Taylor to load the bases.

Oh boy, here we go. Get the bullpen ready. Price's win in Game 5 at Houston was a fluke.

Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. After striking out Kike Hernandez, Yasiel Puig had an RBI single to give the Red Sox their first deficit of the series at 2-1.

Price is done. Stick a fork in him.

Price struck out Austin Barnes to end the inning. But, surely, he was done. Price doesn't usually recover from this type of inning — his "Achilles heel," he would say later. Even Alex Cora, who had Joe Kelly get loose with the bases loaded, admitted he thought about pulling Price after the fourth inning.

"It seemed like they made some adjustments the second time through the lineup," Cora said. "Started laying off pitches inside; he wasn't getting that call. He kept going to the two-seamer in to the righties, and they were close pitches, but they were called balls. And it seems like they started looking for off-speed down in the zone, the changeup.  ... I was close."

But Cora stuck with Price.

Make that, The New David Price.

And it paid off.