The game was lost in the top of the eighth inning. On that, there was no debate.
The Red Sox led the Houston Astros 1-0 when it began, and when it was the half inning was over, they trailed 3-1. That's how it ended, too. Nothing complicated about that.
But after that, there was a lot of gray area. Just who was at fault was tougher to determine, especially as the starting pitcher and his manager each tried to absolve the other of any blame while selflessly claiming responsibility for the defeat.