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Price is wrong for skidding Red Sox
Rays starting pitcher David Price went eight innings Friday night, earning the win in Tampa Bay’s 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (USA TODAY Sports)
The resurgent Rays (50-53) have now won eight in a row and 26 of 37 games since June 11, remaining 4½ games behind the Yankees for the second American League wild card spot.
With the Red Sox falling into the AL East’s cellar, Lester has become a more frequent topic in trade rumors. The lefty allowed two runs on six hits while striking out seven over six innings.
After outfielder Ben Zobrist tied the game with an RBI single to right field, right-hander Tazawa (1-2, 3.15 ERA) walked left fielder Brandon Guyer, loading the bases for Longoria. The third baseman worked a 2-2 count before pulling a 77-mph curveball into the left-field corner and giving the Rays a three-run lead.Boston brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but could only manage a sacrifice fly by catcher David Ross.The Red Sox struck first when Victorino took Price deep to left field in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. Victorino’s solo shot, his second home run of the season, continued his hot streak since coming off the disabled list Saturday.
Price hit two Red Sox players, including Ortiz, on May 30 and started a benches-clearing incident, an assumed response to the way Ortiz watched a home run leave Fenway Park in last year’s American League Division Series. The two exchanged harsh words through the media in the days after the game.Ortiz came to the plate with two outs in the first inning and struck out looking on three pitches. Ortiz came up again in the fourth inning and flied out to center field on Price’s first pitch.