When he got the sign from catcher Jose Lobaton, the thought crossed David Price’s mind to shake him off.
Either that or step off the mound altogether.
“I doubted myself on the pitch,” Price said. “It was not the pitch that I really wanted to throw.”
Price came inside with heater, belt high, and David Ortiz sent it on a hot-air balloon ride toward Pesky’s pole.
The home run knocked Price out of the game in the bottom of the eighth and put an exclamation point on the Red Sox’ 7-4 win over the Rays in Game 2 of their American League Division series.
The Rays entered Game 2 hoping Price could restore order following an ugly Game 1 loss. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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