Game 39: David Price Leaves Early as Rays Fall 9-2

By David Hill

There are different degrees of a loss. While each one is tough, some are more difficult than others. However, tonight’s loss has the potential to be a complete disaster.

The matchup between David Price and Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester appeared to be a solid pitchers duel, and for the first two innings, both pitchers held up their end of the bargain. Then, disaster struck for the Rays. Price gave up a walk to Stephen Drew to lead off the inning, followed by a base hit to Jacoby Ellsbury. After an out, he gave up back to back singles to Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz as the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead. Following the base hit by Ortiz, the trainer and coaching staff headed to the mound, examining Price before he was removed from the game. At this time, it is reported that he has a triceps injury, the severity of which is presently unknown.

Jamey Wright entered the game, and promptly gave up a double to Mike Napoli, scoring Pedroia. An RBI single put the Sox in front 4-0, and Wright loaded the bases with two outs, bringing Drew up again. Drew hit the third pitch he saw from Wright for a grand slam to right, sending the Red Sox out to an 8-0 lead. The final line for Price was bad, as he was charged with four runs in 2.1 innings, giving up five hits and a walk, but of more concern is the injury. Hopefully, it is not major, and he does not miss much, if any, time.

The Rays chipped away a bit in the bottom of the third. Ryan Roberts led off the inning with an infield single, and scored on a triple from Desmond Jennings. With one out, Ben Zobrist grounded out to short to score Jennings, as the Rays cut the lead to 8-2. Unfortunately, that was as close as they would get. Despite threatening to cut the lead closer in the fourth, the Rays were unable to plate any more runs. Will Middlebrooks homered in the eighth for an insurance run as the Red Sox won 9-2.

All the news was not bad for the Rays, however, Yunel Escobar doubled, as he has now hit in seven of his last eight games while slowly starting to warm up. Evan Longoria singled in the bottom of the eighth, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Cesar Ramos also helped to save the bullpen, pitching three scoreless innings as he ate up valuable innings in the middle of the game.