David Price dazzled in the Rays’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox Monday night, as they two teams met at Fenway Park to make up for last Thursday’s rainout. Ironically, they had a rain delay in the bottom of the eighth inning, adding to the night’s drama.
While pitching a complete game in his last start at Fenway, Price threw only 97 pitches last Wednesday. Price looked like he might repeat the feat again, as he threw 82 pitches during seven stellar innings, bringing the heat against Boston. After a 39-minute rain delay during the bottom of the eighth inning, Price took the mound again. Although he struck out Jonny Gomes, the first batter he faced, Price was pulled from the game by Joe Maddon and replaced by reliever Joel Peralta.
Things got a little sticky as Peralta gave up two doubles. But, Sam Fuld was able to prevent the Red Sox from scoring a run with a dazzling double play, throwing from left field to catcher Jose Molina to tag out Daniel Nava. The play stirred some controversy as Boston manager John Farrell was ejected for disputing the call.
The drama escalated as Fernando Rodney walked David Ortiz in the ninth inning with one runner on base to try to preserve the Rays’ lead. Rodney came through for the Rays and struck out Mike Napoli to earn the save.
However, Price made history on Monday night by becoming the first starter in over 70 years to beat Boston in Fenway Park twice in five days. Rip Collins accomplished the feat in 1931 and Lefty Grove did it in 1929.
The Rays’ bats supported the red-hot Price, as Sean Rodriguez got the action started in the fourth inning with a RBI double, batting in Yunel Escobar. The fifth inning picked up as Evan Longoria scored the Rays’ second run of the night.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Price struck out three batters in a row. However, the lefty gave up a solo shot to Brandon Snyder in the following inning.
Overall, the Rays had eight hits off of Boston’s starter Felix Doubront and one hit off of reliever De La Torre, and Boston’s pitching staff had 10 strikeouts.
Price had eight strikeouts and gave up two hits Monday night. The Rays’ pitching staff had nine strikeouts and gave up five hits total against Boston. Monday night’s victory put the Rays’ back in first place in the AL East, and it was also the 10th consecutive series the Rays have won, setting a new team record.