Lack of Offense in 2-1 Loss to Rays

Offense was at a premium on both sides, as the Rays beat the Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

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After the rain washed out what was supposed to be game one of the series on Friday, the Red Sox and Rays squared off in a classic pitchers duel.

It didn’t seem that way at first, as David Price let up a leadoff home run to Yandy Diaz on the second pitch of the game. He settled down after that though and would allow just three more hits in the ret of his outing.

All of those hits came in the fourth inning, when the Rays scored their second run. Price did a great job limiting the damage though, as he got out of a bases loaded, one out situation without letting any more runs score. Overall, Price threw six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out seven.

As good as Price was, Charlie Morton was better. The Red Sox couldn’t get anything going at all when he was in the game. Morton pitched six shutout innings and he allowed just two hits while striking out six. He did walk four batters, but the Sox never made him pay.

The only Red Sox run came after Morton came out of the game. Mookie Betts hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Diego Castillo. The Sox threatened to score more in that inning by loading the bases, but they failed to cash in, striking out twice with runners in scoring position.

There was little offense to go around, as the Red Sox recorded just five hits in the game and the Rays had even less with four. The Rays held the advantage where it mattered though, and they picked up their 17th win of the season. Morton moved to 3-0, while Price, despite his solid outing, fell to 1-2 with the loss.

The final game of this rain-shortened series will be played tomorrow at 1 p.m. Chris Sale will be looking for his first win as he faces off with Tyler Glasnow.

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