BALTIMORE -- This is the David Price the Red Sox have been waiting for.In his second start back from the disabled list, Price tossed seven-plus impressive innings to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday night. The lefty, who improved to 7-0 in 11
BALTIMORE -- This is the David Price the Red Sox have been waiting for.
In his second start back from the disabled list, Price tossed seven-plus impressive innings to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday night. The lefty, who improved to 7-0 in 11 career starts at Camden Yards, allowed just three hits and exited after a strikeout and passed ball allowed Jonathan Schoop to reach leading off the eighth. It was Price's first win of 2017.
"It felt real good," said Price. "To go out there and to get into that sixth inning and then the seventh and face a batter in the eighth, that's what I needed to do. That's what we needed from me today, and it felt good to be able to do that."
"Obviously he's got plenty of fastball to make you hurry, and the changeup's there, you try to think he's going to get into a pattern and you try to go back over the plate he comes back in with the cutter," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about Price. "He's one of those guys who's adding pitches as he goes on in his career. He's one of the best."
Hanley Ramirez put Boston on the board with his sixth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the top of the fourth inning. He also doubled in one of the Sox two insurance runs in the eighth, along with Xander Bogaerts' fielder's-choice RBI, off Ubaldo Jimenez.
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It was a big win for the Red Sox, after losing the first two games of this four-game set in Baltimore.
"We needed a W," said Ramirez. "We came out, Price did his job, and the bullpen guys are the best."
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The victory moved Boston (30-25) back ahead of Baltimore (29-25) for second place in the American League East.
Orioles starter Dylan Bundy turned in his shortest start of the season, at five innings, surrendering Ramirez's homer and giving up four hits and a walk over the 100-pitch outing.
O's third baseman Manny Machado tallied the lone run off Price, homering to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Trey Mancini doubled in the other run in the ninth, as Baltimore brought the tying run to the plate but couldn't complete a comeback.
Other than the one misfire to Machado, Price was in top form.
"He was outstanding," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "I thought tonight much more consistent location to all his pitches compared to just five days ago over in Chicago. He was able to throw his cutter to both sides of the plate, he threw some really good fastballs in to some big power right-handed hitters, to keep them from extending out over the plate, but he was in complete control."
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Hanley comes through: In his past 31 at-bats coming into Saturday, Ramirez had no homers or RBIs, and a .162 average, with one extra-base hit. But the Sox DH sent Bundy's 0-2 hanging curve into the left-field seats to snap the scoreless tie, and he later added a key run with a sharp RBI double down the third-base line.
Clutch Kimbrel: The Orioles got a two-out hit from Hyun Soo Kim and an infield hit back to reliever Joe Kelly to threaten in the eighth. That brought on Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, who struck out Adam Jones to improve to an amazing 46 at-bats against right-handed hitters without allowing a hit this season. Mark Trumbo ended that streak at 47 with a one-out single in the ninth.
"I felt good. Just trying to make better pitches. I don't want to be out there throwing 100 pitches or 90 pitches through five innings. That was eight years ago, that's when I did that. So I want to get back to just being efficient, getting a lot of early outs and not giving up a whole lot of runs." -- Price
"There's no secrets, that's for sure. They know what I got and I know what they have to offer. So, like I said before, it's a chess game. Obviously, I made some wrong moves." -- Bundy, on facing the Red Sox for a fourth time.
When third baseman Pablo Sandoval's throw to first on a grounder by Mancini pulled Mitch Moreland off the bag with two outs in the seventh, the Orioles had temporarily extended the inning against Price. But Farrell challenged the call, and it was overturned. It was Price's 87th pitch of the night. Given that Machado had hit a homer off him earlier in the inning, the out couldn't have come at a better time.
Red Sox: The Red Sox send ace Chris Sale to the mound in Sunday's finale of this four-game series against the Orioles. The lefty gave up season highs in hits (10) and runs (5) while logging a season-low five innings his last time out, but he still got the win in his return to Chicago. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET.
Orioles: The Orioles will close the four-game series by sending right-hander Chris Tillman to the mound on Sunday afternoon. Tillman is coming off his shortest outing of the season (2 2/3 innings), in which he gave up five runs on seven hits, including three home runs.
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