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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Saturday night. With the victory, Boston advances to 88-36 and Tampa Bay drops to 62-61 with the loss. David Price was the starter for the Red Sox while Tyler Glasnow did the same for the Rays. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
David Price was absolutely dominant on a beautiful night at Fenway. In his seven innings of work, he allowed just two runs on five hits with 8 strikeouts and two walks. His only real blemish came off a C.J. Cron two-run moonshot that just stayed fair over the Green Monster. Other than that, he was tenacious and fought through early adversity.
Boston made an error to begin the contest with Xander Bogaerts bouncing a ball in front of Mitch Moreland that he failed to scoop. The next batter reached on a weakly hit groundball that found a hole. Brock Holt made a mental mistake in the inning, failing to cover third on an infield popup which Carlos Gomez exploited. Price had runners on the corners with one out. A strikeout and weak infield pop up ended the threat and set the tone for a splendid day for the southpaw.
The Sox bats got to Tyler Glasnow, one of the centerpieces in the Chris Archer deal, in the first inning. Well, let me rephrase that. Tyler Glasnow got into Tyler Glasnow in the first inning. Moreland did double in a run to start the scoring but the Rays strikeout pitcher walked three batters consecutively to make the score 2-0.
He was yanking everything, a clear mechanical hiccup that exemplified his career command struggles. The bullpen was warming up and it appeared if he lost Brock Holt, who was ahead 3-1, he would be taken out of the game. He did not lose Holt and the Red Sox utility-man hit a weak groundball to second. It had potential inning-ending, groundball double play written on it but first basemen Jake Bauers overthrew the second basemen. Two runs scored on the error, pushing it to 4-0 Boston.
Glasnow stayed in the game and actually managed to carve out a pretty good outing. His only other mistake was a J.D. Martinez solo-shot to deep center field in the bottom third, which was his league-leading 38th blast of the 2018 season. All told, the new(ish) Rays pitcher stayed in for 6 and 2/3 innings of 4 earned run ball.
Ryan Brasier came in the bottom 8th for Price and pitched a perfect frame. His season ERA is now exactly 1.00. In the next inning, closer Craig Kimbrel ran into no trouble picking up the save on the Rays. It was nice to see, considering how previous appearances have gone for him.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. eastern time on Sunday. Boston will start Hector Velazquez, who is filling in for the injured Chris Sale, and the Tampa will hand the ball to Diego Castillo, making his first MLB start. The Red Sox will go for the sweep.