Offense comes alive late to earn Price another win
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In a game that started off slow for the Red Sox, the home stand ended on quite the positive note. A night removed from ending their season long 3 game losing streak (still ridiculous), David Price took the mound against the Cleveland Indians and continued his prevailing hot streak.
Price held the Indians to just 3 hits on the day. He went deep into the start, tossing 8 shutout innings. He had 8 K’s and had the Cleveland lineup out of sorts from the beginning. This was Price’s seventh straight start in which he gave up 3 or fewer earned runs. In those 7 starts, he and the team are 7-0. That streak also consists of 49 strikeouts to just 8 walks. Since his disastrous start against the Yankees, Price has been lights out. It’s been a long couple of months for the Price haters, of which there are always many. If we’ve learned anything as of late, David Price is, in fact, good.
The Red Sox offense early on was suffering a similar fate as the Indians’. Through four innings, Cleveland start Adam Plutko held the offense at bay. However, in the fifth, the Red Sox offense completely rewrote the script. They strung together double after double, starting off with a ground-rule double from Sandy Leon. Blake Swihart, Xander Bogaerts, and Eduardo Nunez all followed suit with 2-run doubles to push the Sox out to a 6-0 lead.
Double trouble. 😉 pic.twitter.com/Lg3IVBcHJX
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 23, 2018
After Plutko was knocked out of the game, Price just kept on dealing. The six runs were certainly enough for the starter, but J.D. Martinez figured he’d do his buddy Price a favor and drive in another. Mookie Betts came in from second on a Martinez single, and the Sox were quickly up 7. Price finished out the day in style, striking his final batter out with a devastating cutter that earned him a standing ovation.
After dropping the first two of four to the Indians, the split was well deserved for Boston. They closed out their homestand going 5-5. The division lead is still plenty safe with the Yankees struggling. Standing currently with a 9.5 game lead, the Sox will travel to Tampa Bay tomorrow for a 3 game divisional clash with the Rays.