Price completely dominates Sox 5-1, Rays could take 1st with win tomorrow

When a Major League ace is on his game, you’re bound to pay the price and the Sox lost 5-1 to David Price [5-5] and the red hot Rays [18-3]  could take over first place in the AL East by winning the rubber match at Fenway tomorrow.

Price dominated the Sox with a complete game effort; he threw only 97 pitches, 72 of them strikes, and allowed just five hits.

Felix Doubront [7-4] provided a quality start allowing 3 runs in 6 2/3 innings on 6 hits, 5Ks/2Ws.

In a game that will decide First place in the AL East, the Sox will send RHP John Lackey [7-7, 2.95] against RHP Jeremy Hellickson [9-3, 4.62].  A Sox win would stretch their lead to 1 ½ games; a Tampa win would allow the Rays to take over the lead by ½ game over the Sox.

Until the 5-2 loss to the Yankees on Saturday, Lackey had six-game streak of lasting at least seven innings and giving up no more than two runs; he still managed a quality start, allowing just four runs over 6 1/3 innings; he had 7 Ks and did not walk a Yank.

Lackey has logged 133.1 innings against the Rays, winning 12 and losing 7 times with a cumulative ERA of 4.39 with 105 Ks.  He has had the most trouble from:

Escobar .455, 11 ABs

Zobrist .400, 30 ABs

Longoria .280, 25 ABs

Scott .357, 14 ABs

Joyce .308, 13 ABs

Hellickson picked up his 9th win against the Jays, allowing 2 runs on five hits on Saturday.

In 67.1 innings he is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA, 45 Ks in 12 career appearances against the Red Sox.

Two Sox had had success against Hellickson.

David Ortiz [.368, 19 ABs, 1 HR, 3 RBIs] and

Jarrod Saltalamacchia [.278 18ABs, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

In tonight’s loss, the Rays scored all the runs they needed in the third inning and took a 3-0 lead.

After Yunel Escobar grounded out, Desmond Jennings singled and moved to second on a throwing error by Felix Doubront on the pickoff attempt.

Evan Longoria singled sending Desmond Jennings to 3rd.

Ben Zobrist got a sacrifice bunt single loading the bases for rookie Wil Myers who lofted a soft fly ball past Pedroia and in front of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Desmond Jennings and Evan Longoria scored and Ben Zobrist moved to 2nd.

The Rays pulled off a double steal; Ben Zobrist stole (8) 3rd. Wil Myers stole (4) 2nd.

Luke Scott lifted a sacrifice fly to left fielder Jonny Gomes and Ben Zobrist scored.

The inning ended 3-0, when Sean Rodriguez was called out on strikes.

The Sox finally broke through for a run against Price in the 7th:

After David Ortiz grounded out, Mike Napoli, who had a ground rule double against Price in the 5th inning, smacked a shot over the wall between the light tower and the Triple-A sign for his 14th HR [RBI 63] and broke up the shutout.


There was one potential Web Gem in the game on this DP;  Escobar started the double play with an extraordinary behind-the-back flip with his glove hand right to Zobrist, who bare-handed the ball and buggy-whipped it to first to complete the double play.

Escobar recently set a team record with 53 straight games without an error.


In the 8th the Rays tacked on two superfluous “insurance” runs against Beato and Thornton.

After Ben Zobrist flew out, Wil Myers singled on a line drive that was deflected by shortstop Stephen Drew and landed in front of LF Gomes.

Matt Thornton replaced Pedro Beato and induced Luke Scott to ground into a force out of Myers at 2nd.

With Luke Scott on 1st, Sean Rodriguez singled to RF sending Scott to 2nd.

James Loney hit a sharp ground ball through the right side for a single to score Scott and Sean Rodriguez to 3rd.

Jose Molina singled a ground ball through short scoring Rodriguez.

Leading 5-1 Price gave the bullpen the night off by cruising through the 8th and 9th innings, setting the Sox down 1-2-3 twice.




All 11 Rays’ hits were singles.

Mike Napoli had two of the Sox five hits against Price [a double and a HR]; Entering Wednesday’s game against the Rays, he had nine extra-base hits in July (four homers, four doubles and a triple), a .268 average and a .359 on base percentage.

Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson is 5-0, 2.19 in his last six starts. He has faced the Sox twice this season and allowed four earned runs over 13 innings. He is 4-2, 4.14 in 12 career appearances against the Sox. … Red Sox starter John Lackey has been terrific much of the season not not so hot against the Rays in two starts, giving up nine runs on 19 hits over 10 innings. He is 12-7, 4.39 in 21 career starts against the Rays. Lackey has suffered from a lack of run support. He has a 2.95 ERA but the Sox are 8-9 in games he has started. … The Sox are 10-5 against the Rays. After tonight, the teams have one series left this season.


Autograph Alley

Skip Lockwood will be in Autograph Alley at Yawkey Way starting one hour before the game through shortly before the first pitch.

• Clay Buchholz threw from 90 feet on Wednesday with increased intensity and felt good afterward, according to manager John Farrell. Buchholz estimated that he will return to the active roster in time to make four or five starts during the regular season. And although Farrell wouldn’t commit to a time estimate, he did call Buchholz’s most recent progress a move in the right direction.

• Farrell texted Andrew Bailey on Wednesday afternoon before the hurler underwent season-ending surgery. Asked if Bailey texted him back, Farrell joked, “Yeah, but it was under that first phase of anesthesia, and it wasn’t legible.”

• Because of an off-day on Monday, Farrell will probably push everyone in the rotation back one day, giving the whole staff an extra day of rest.  []

Sox hitting .225 with a .617 OPS in the last eight games and averaging 2.87 runs. … The Rays have won seven of eight, 15 of 17 and 19 of 22. They have a 2.17 ERA in the last 22 games. … Mike Napoli is heating up, going 11 for 28 in his last eight games with seven extra-base hits and five RBIs. … Matt Thornton in six appearances for the Red Sox since being acquired from the White Sox: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Opponents are 6 for 16 against him. … Jose Iglesias is 11 of his last 60 (.183) with 11 strikeouts. His batting average has dropped from .411 to .343 and his OPS from .990 to .819. …








Tags: Complete Game David Price

  • Peter O

    Sweep? I don’t think so. Check your facts. Sox won yesterday. Rays have taken 2 out 3 so far of a 4 game series. Is this your job? Get another one.

  • Rick M

    TB will be the team to beat in the AL East. You win with pitching and they have it and an outstanding defense to boot. Moore and Price deal from the left side and that is an issue with the Sox. Toss in the very impressive Cobb, the fast rising Archer and Hellickson and that rotation is as good as it gets. IMO it matches up with Giants n 2012 but with more depth and no Lincecum sinking the stats.

    TB has a limited lineup. The 800 pound gorilla is Myers. This kid really looks good. Another youngster doing better in the majors than minors. Longoria is solid. Not many up in lights names but improving lineup. Scott is a real pest.

    Right now I’d go TB, O’s and Sox in AL East.

    Nash needs a editor.

    • Earl Nash

      Hey Rick,

      I agree that the Sox will make the Post season and that the Rays are the team to beat. When everybody was trashing the Sox pre-season, most predicting they would finish last, I said they would get the Wild Card slot and the Rays would finish first on March 30:

      “…the media will use “The Surprising Sox” as the 2013 storyline and
      with Toronto already in the stables, the Rays and Sox will come down
      the stretch for a Photo finish.”

  • Brian Longenecker

    First off the only thing Tampa will be sweeping is their hotel rooms tonight. Get your SS… Red Sox are still the team to beat here. With Bucholtz coming back that neutralizes the starters from Tampa. Lester pitching better is a great sign as well. 9-5 vs Tampa this year, of course the Rays were gonna show up sooner or later. Sox will smash Hellickson tonight and get the split.

    • Earl Nash

      Hi Brian,

      Don’t know how I miscounted the games, but thanks for the correction.
      Game summaries are not my best work, as it requires being semi-awake
      late at night. I would mention that my post on Lester
      did point out that Lester needed to rely less on his cutter: “Does
      Farrell need to tell his catcher to call the change and not let Lester
      shake it off and thrown the cutter instead?” and Lester said that after
      the game. So, my bad on the game summary and one point for the Lester

      Great thanks for taking a look at my posts and taking the time time to shake up this ancient brain.

      Also, I agree that the Sox will make the Post season games this year. When everybody was trashing the Sox pre-season, most predicting they would finish last, I said they would get the Wild Card slot and the Rays would finish first on March 30:

      “…the media will use “The Surprising Sox” as the 2013 storyline and with Toronto already in the stables, the Rays and Sox will come down the stretch for a Photo finish.”

      Here at the Bosox Injection we are always looking to add new voices to the website mix; maybe consider joining us.

      • Brian Longenecker

        No problem it happens to everyone. I hate to Panic, and I won’t yet but the Red Sox lineup has looked subpar lately. At Least Lester has looked better. I’m not sure yet how Farrell is working the Lester pitch signs but maybe he switched things up last game. It’s gonna be a fun race to watch this year. Hopefully the Rays cool off a bit but with their pitching I’m not sure.

  • Brian Longenecker

    One other thing, the AL East will finish Sox, Rays, O’s in that order with all 3 in the postseason…