NEW YORK -- David Price entered Wednesday's start in the midst of his best stretch with the Red Sox, and in strong position to end the well-chronicled woes he's had at Yankee Stadium the last three seasons.But again, nothing went as planned for Price in the Bronx as the Red
NEW YORK -- David Price entered Wednesday's start in the midst of his best stretch with the Red Sox, and in strong position to end the well-chronicled woes he's had at Yankee Stadium the last three seasons.
But again, nothing went as planned for Price in the Bronx as the Red Sox took a 10-1 loss that kept the champagne on ice for at least one more night.
For the second night in a row, the Red Sox just needed to win to clinch the American League East, but the Yankees didn't allow it to happen.
"It's disappointing, because what we set to do in every series is to win it," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "We don't have a chance to win the series. Show up tomorrow, we know where it stands. Try to win the game and make it a happy flight."
While none of the three homers that Price allowed -- including two to Luke Voit -- were hit particularly hard, they all counted the same. Over 5 1/3 innings, Price gave up five hits and six runs, four or which were earned. He walked four and struck out two.
"I didn't make as good of pitches, especially later on in the count," said Price. "I left some balls up and they did what you're supposed to do with those pitches. Anytime you give up a home run it's frustrating, but everybody is playing in the same park. It's not like the fences move back when they hit or move forward when they hit. So it's part of it."
It was Price's first loss in the 12 starts he's made since his July 1 defeat at Yankee Stadium.
Price has made six starts at Yankee Stadium since joining the Red Sox, going 0-6 with a 9.79 ERA and allowing 13 homers in 30 1/3 innings.
"I expect to go out there and be great every fifth day," said Price. "It doesn't matter who I'm pitching against or what park I'm pitching in. It just hasn't been the case here in Yankee Stadium the past year or two. I'll get over it."
If the Red Sox and Yankees wind up meeting again in the AL Division Series, Price will surely be lined up to pitch Game 2 at Fenway Park so he can avoid Yankee Stadium until 2019.
"Our No. 1 and No. 2 [are set] with Chris [Sale] and David," said Cora. "I honestly feel like although he didn't have his great stuff compared to the last eight or nine, he still battled and we didn't make a play and then the fly balls happened. But yeah, it's not going to change my mind."
Once Price exited, the Yankees jumped on Joe Kelly, who gave up three hits and two runs in one-third of an inning.
Yankees ace Luis Severino held the Red Sox in check, allowing just one run over seven innings. After being fumed when he thought Severino was throwing at Mookie Betts at Fenway Park on Aug. 3, Cora made a quip following that game, saying, "Do you call that a quality start?"
This time, Cora tipped his cap.
"That was more than a quality start. He was outstanding," said Cora. "I was thinking about it the whole game, so that's what happens when you open your mouth. He was a different pitcher today. He was outstanding. He went seven. In my book, that's a great start."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Price had a chance to get out of the bottom of the second with just a 1-0 deficit. Facing his seventh batter of the inning, Aaron Judge hit a routine ground ball to third base and it looked like the inning was going to end. Instead, the 81.9-mph grounder went right through Eduardo Nunez's legs for an error. Two runs scored, and the Red Sox trailed, 3-0. It was pretty much all Yankees the rest of the night.
"That was obviously costly," said Cora.
FROM THE TRAINERS ROOM
Nunez came out in the top of the ninth for a pinch-runner when he slightly aggravated his right knee. Nunez didn't play last weekend against the Mets after tweaking the same knee, but Cora didn't think Wednesday represented any kind of significant setback. Cora said Nunez won't play Thursday, but should be back in the lineup over the weekend in Cleveland.
The Sox's offense hasn't been its usual potent self in the first two games of this series, going 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
The highlight of an otherwise dismal night for the Red Sox occurred in the bottom of the seventh, when Sam Travis raced back and face-planted into the wall in left to make a sensational grab to take extra bases away from Miguel Andujar. It was a five-star catch for Travis, who had a 15 percent catch probability on the play. Travis, who came up as a first baseman before adding outfield to his repertoire, had to cover 85 feet in 4.9 seconds. Travis came out of the game as a precaution in the next inning, but he passed a concussion test.
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
After Voit had rounded the bases for his sixth-inning home run, the umpires called for a review to see if a fan in the front row had interfered with the ball. The call on the field was confirmed, with the flight of the ball appearing to carry into the seating area. Neither of Voit's home runs were Statcast™ darlings -- the second came off his bat at 94.1 mph and traveled 343 feet -- but he and the Yankees certainly aren't complaining.
Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4, 3.53 ERA) will be the latest Red Sox starter who tries to win the division-clinching game as he gets the nod on Thursday night in the finale of this three-game rivalry series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees counter with righty Masahiro Tanaka. In 11 career starts against the Yankees, Rodriguez is 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA. Tanaka is 8-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 17 career starts against the Red Sox. First pitch of this MLB Network Showcase Game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.