David Price’s Strong Outing Lifts Red Sox Past Rays
David Price was spectacular in his first start of the season Friday, pitching 7 scoreless innings against the Rays as the Red Sox picked up their first win of the season.
Price, who made his first start since July 22, 2017, allowed four hits and struck out five in the Red Sox's 1-0 win.
A healthy Price would give Boston one of the top pitching duos in baseball with Chris Sale at the top of the rotation.
Price made just 11 starts last year and failed to stay healthy, an issue he traces back to an elbow injury suffered in spring training.
"Felt good, that's what I know best," Price said after the game. "I've had success coming out of the pen, but this is, this is what I want to do."
Price was placed on the 10-day disabled list in July of last year due to left elbow inflammation. He returned in September and pitched well the rest of the season as a reliever.
After the Red Sox bullpen imploded on opening day, allowing six runs in the 8th inning and squandering a strong outing from Chris Sale, Boston relievers came through Friday night. Matt Barnes pitched a scoreless 8th inning and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the 9th.
Boston needed solid performances from each one of its pitchers because the offense didn't provide much run support. Xander Bogaerts scored the Red Sox lone run in the seventh inning. Bogaerts doubled on a line drive to left field and then scored when the next batter, Rafael Devers, singled on a ground ball to center field.
Bogaerts has been hot at the plate to start the season, going 5-for-8 with 3 runs over the first two games.