Boston Red Sox

David Price pitched seven shutout innings as the Red Sox grabbed their first win of the season over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in St. Petersburg.

Price allowed just four hits over seven frames, striking out five. He was very efficient, throwing just 76 pitches – 55 for strikes (72.3 percent). Craig Kimbrel shut the door in the ninth inning to pick up his first save of the 2018 season.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts continued his strong start in Thursday’s season opener, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Third baseman Rafael Devers drove Bogaerts home with a seventh-inning RBI single for the game’s only run.

Up Next:¬†Rick Porcello will take the mount for the Red Sox on Saturday. The Rays, meanwhile, will use their eyebrow-raising¬†“bullpen day” strategy that they will implement every fifth day, using all relievers instead of a starter.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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