David Price turned in eight shutout innings for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, helping them salvage a split of their four-game series with the Cleveland Indians in a 7-0 win at Fenway Park.
Silencing the Indians’ bats in a game that had no score entering the bottom of the fifth, Price allowed just three hits over eight frames, facing only three batters over the minimum. He struck out seven in the outing, which lowered his ERA to 3.50 and improved him to 14-6 on the season.
Price is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in six starts since the All-Star Break. The Red Sox are 6-0 in those games.
Offensively, the Red Sox scored six of their seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. After Indians starter Adam Plutko walked Andrew Benintendi to load the bases, Blake Swihart made him pay with a two-run double to open the scoring.
The Indians then went to reliever Adam Cimber, but that didn’t help. Xander Bogaerts smacked a two-run double of his own just four pitches later. Eduardo Nunez capped the inning with the Red Sox’ third two-run double, and that was more than enough for Price to get the much-deserved W.
The Red Sox became the first major league team to reach 90 wins, improving to 90-39 on the season. They’re 9.5 games up on the Yankees entering Thursday night.
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