The Boston Red Sox took advantage of Rays manager Kevin Cash’s over-managing ace Charlie Morton, as Andrew Benintendi clobbered a two-run shot off Adam Kolarek on the first pitch he saw after Morton’s departure in the fifth inning. But the Sox were unable to hang on to the unexpected lead and dropped a 6-5 final at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.
For Boston, it was another tough outing for lefty David Price, who retired just 13 batters and surrendered four runs on nine hits (two homers) before departing after 94 pitches. Early departures and deep balls have been a trend for Price of late, too, as the veteran has allowed five home runs and 13 earned runs over his last 14 and a third innings pitched.
“It’s been a grind over the past five or six starts,” Price said after the no-decision. “Outs are tough to get. It’s been tough just throwing strikes. Physically, today was the best I’ve felt in a while. And I feel like I have some stuff to address these next four days before I pitch in New York. But I think it’s going to get better.”
But Price was really just a footnote in this one, as Boston’s bullpen once again failed manager Alex Cora, with two runs surrendered by Marcus Walden, Josh Taylor, and Colten Brewer over four outs.
Cora’s finishers were able to recover with just one hit surrendered over a three-inning stretch between Darwinzon Hernandez, Nate Eovaldi, and Matt Barnes, but Boston’s lineup failed to come through with the equalizing run in both the bottom of the eighth and bottom of the ninth, with Christian Vazquez leaving runners stranded on the corners with two down in the ninth.
Rick Porcello gets the call for the Sox on Wednesday.