Price shuts down Blue Jays as Red Sox reach win 100
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On Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox accomplished something the franchise hasn’t seen since the days of Ted Williams. They defeated the Blue Jays 1-0 behind a great start from David Price and an excellent showing from the bullpen. But, this win meant a little more, being that it was the 100th win on the season. This is the fourth time the Sox have accomplished this feat, and the first since 1946. It took the team just 146 games to win 100, and they now stand 6 wins from breaking the franchise record of 106 wins.
Price was locked in straight from the get go. He held the Blue Jays to just 3 hits through 7 masterful innings of work, striking out 7. Price has been on an excellent run since the All-Star break. He’s started 9 games since the break. In those 9 games, he’s 5-0 with a beautiful 1.56 ERA. In that same span, he’s also surrendered just 10 earned runs with 60 strikeouts while holding batters to a .188 average. To put it bluntly, Price has been nothing short of lights out as of late.
The Sox needed very bit of Price on Wednesday, as the offense was quieted early on. They were held scoreless through 4 innings of work by Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez would go 7 innings and looked good for the most of it, utilizing an excellent breaking ball to get plenty of Boston swings-and-misses. But, the Sox finally scratched a run across in the fifth. With runners on second and third with two outs and Jackie Bradley Jr. at the plate, Sanchez threw a wild pitch, allowing Rafael Devers to score from third.
Somehow, a wild pitch was all the Sox would need to reach 100 wins. Mostly thanks to David Price, but the bullpen was also pivotal on Wednesday night. The pen as a whole hasn’t been great as of late, but Wednesday’s game was a nice change of pace. After Price exited, Steven Wright came on in the eighth and did his job. He was able to toss a scoreless inning, turning the ball over to Craig Kimbrel for the ninth. If the bullpen can continue to bridge the starter to Kimbrel, that will most likely be more than enough for the Red Sox.
The Sox wasted a good opportunity for some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, stranding the bases loaded without getting anything across. But, Craig Kimbrel was his usual self in this one, thankfully. He came on an earned his 39th save on the season, striking out two en route to closing out the Jays.
With a win and a Yankees loss on Wednesday, the magic number for the AL East crown now stands at 7. The Sox continue their march for back-to-back-to-back division crowns Thursday night. Eduardo Rodriguez will get the start in the series finale.
With just 16 games left on this magical regular season, the Sox are staring down the franchise win record.