NEW YORK -- So much for David Price's hopes of redemption at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the lefty hit rock bottom in the Bronx on Sunday night, getting belted around for a career-worst five home runs in 3 1/3 nightmarish innings.The rubber match between the rivals was not close, as the
NEW YORK -- So much for David Price's hopes of redemption at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the lefty hit rock bottom in the Bronx on Sunday night, getting belted around for a career-worst five home runs in 3 1/3 nightmarish innings.
The rubber match between the rivals was not close, as the Yankees (54-27) pounded Price for nine hits and eight runs en route to an 11-1 thumping over the Red Sox (56-29) that put the teams back into a tie for first place in the American League East.
It was almost a complete reversal of Saturday's contest, when Chris Sale and Rafael Devers led Boston to an 11-0 romp. There were really no highlights to speak of for the Red Sox in this one.
Price's ERA rose to 10.44 ERA at Yankee Stadium in the five starts he has pitched their for the Red Sox. In those five starts, Price has gone 25 innings and surrendered 10 homers. Overall, Price has made nine rivalry starts, notching an 8.43 ERA.
Instead of wallowing after a rough outing, Price kept an even demeanor postgame.
"I've never given up five home runs in any start in my career," said Price. "I'm going to move forward. I'm not going to let a bad start define my season. I'm going to keep on pushing forward and be ready to go in five days."
Luis Severino (13-2, 1.98 ERA) pitched like Sale did on Saturday, stifling the Boston bats to two hits over 6 2/3 dazzling innings. Aaron Hicks unloaded for three homers to power the Yankees.
"It was a lot of homers," said Price. "I put us down four in the bottom of the first inning tonight. That's a tough mountain to climb whenever you're facing a guy like Severino, the way he's throwing the ball this year. That really makes it tough on us."
Bad things started happening to Price almost from the outset. Aaron Judge was the second batter Price faced and the first to take him out of the yard with a solo shot to center. Three hitters later, rookie phenom Gleyber Torres smashed a three-run shot to right-center.
Boston hoped Price would settle down in the second inning when he retired the leadoff batter. But Brett Gardner reached on an infield hit and Hicks ripped a two-run homer to right-center.
"It was good," said Hicks. "We wanted to attack him early and try to get him out of the game early and try to get to their 'pen. I think we did good. it doesn't start without Sevy being able to get us back into the batter's box and being able to stay in sync with Price."
The disaster continued in the fourth when Kyle Higashioka collected his first Major League hit, a towering solo shot to left. Two batters later, Hicks stepped up and roped a solo shot to center, the last of the 71 pitches Price threw on the night.
"I think they did a good job splitting the plate in half and not trying to pull him," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "You see the homers, straight center, right-center. The catcher, that one, it was down in the zone. It seems like, as a team, they do a good job. That was a good game plan, and [Price] wasn't as sharp today."
As Price walked off the mound, a roar engulfed Yankee Stadium with the Red Sox down, 8-0.
"I've faced these guys a lot of times," said Price. "I've been in this division for a long period of time. I've faced the Yankees many times. It's time for me to kind of go back to that drawing board and kind of reinvent myself against these guys."
Price's outing was highly anticipated all weekend. He exited his first start against the Yankees this season on April 11 at Fenway Park after just one inning (four runs allowed) due to numbness in his pitching hand.
On May 9, Price was scratched versus the Yankees due to mild carpal tunnel, which some suggested was due to his fondness for playing the popular game Fortnite. The Red Sox repeatedly said Price's ailment wasn't related to video games.
Until Sunday night, Price had gone on a nice run since the carpal tunnel controversy, compiling a 7-1 record with a 2.72 ERA.
"Just turn the page," said Price. "As unfortunate as it is, I've had starts like this in my career, I've had starts like that this this year. I can handle it. I moved on it from early on this year, and I'll do the same this time."
The rivals meet next from Aug. 2-5 for a four-game series at Fenway Park.
"We're tied," said Cora. "We move on. It's going to be a dogfight. They have a good team, we have a good team. It was a weird series, honestly. It was very weird. Weird games. They did a good job offensively. We did it yesterday, and now we move on."
In two starts against the Yankees this season, Price is 0-2 with a 24.92 ERA (12 ER in 4 1/3 innings).
Of the 19 times in Price's career he has allowed six runs or more, nine of them have been against the Yankees.
Before coming to the Red Sox, Price was 8-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 15 starts at Yankee Stadium.
HE SAID IT
"Different teams. I haven't executed as well as I did then. I'm sure there's a lot of things. To pinpoint one of them, that's kind of tough. Just execution in those big spots -- that's something I need to do a better job of." -- Price, on the difference against the Yankees now compared to before he joined the Red Sox
Fresh off of getting shut down by Severino, the Red Sox will try to fare better against another elite starter on Monday night when Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.04 ERA) takes the mound in the 7:05 ET opener of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Red Sox counter with Rick Porcello (9-3, 3.60), who shared a close friendship with Scherzer when they pitched together in Detroit. Including postseason, Scherzer is just 4-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 career starts against the Red Sox. Porcello's only previous career start against the Nationals was in the home opener at Fenway Park in 2015, when he got the win and allowed three earned runs over eight innings. This is the first time the Red Sox have gone to Washington since 2009.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.