But this is bigger than David Price.
And, finally, for the first time since he arrived in 2016 on a seven-year, $217 million deal, it was.
Betts added one more run in the eighth with an RBI double - just the second run-scoring hit of his postseason career. He also turned a walk into the eventual winning run when he danced around the bases on a wild pitch and two passed balls.
Cora said Sale's performance in that game had nothing to do with the stomach illness, as it had developed the day after the game.
Following Sale's disappointing start, veteran pitcher David Price struggled to get through four innings.
"That's my first team win as a starter", Price said with a smirk. "We need to find a way to mix in a single or two or a couple doubles". But the truth is that the outcome changed the complexion of the ALCS.
If the Astros win: If you favor the math, you'll start banking on an Astros repeat as American League champs. The series is now tied, 1-1, heading to Houston on Tuesday afternoon.
Though they lost Game 2 by a 7-5 score back at Fenway, it was an example of the never-over-til-it's-over drive that fuels this team. That, indeed, was Boston's own beleaguered bullpen procuring those last precious outs, mostly without incident.
They survived a lull in the dog days of the 2018 season before catching fire in a torrid 21-6 September that has carried forward to a 4-1 mark in October thus far. "And so you can imagine my thought is panic and fear whenever he comes up to bat with no escape area".
Astros manager Hinch stuck with him through six innings however and the right-hander did settle down to retire the final nine batters he faced and keep the game close.
All told, Price allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
His illness was announced by the team during Game 2 on Sunday night, which the Red Sox won to even the series. Ryan Brasier retired Yuli Gurriel with tying run on base to end a scoreless seventh, and Rick Porcello struck out two in a ideal eighth. As the losses accumulated and the pressure increased, he seemed more and more frustrated. Was the moment getting too big for him? He kept insisting that he could take the heightened scrutiny, but not until Sunday did he show that.
"You know early, I thought he was a little over-amped", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Price allowed four runs through the first three innings but held things together until the Boston bullpen took over.
The Astros tied the game in the second when Springer doubled down the right field line past Pearce's dive at first base.
That Price managed to pitch into the fifth and hand over a lead, however slim, to his bullpen represented some sort of breakthrough for the star-crossed lefty. As he left the field, many among the 37,960 Fenway Faithful offered up a standing ovation. Will they go one better in their AL incarnation?
So who wins every playoff game?