BOSTON (AP) — David Price pitched seven solid innings, J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 38th homer after Boston jumped to a quick lead and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 20 games.
Mitch Moreland added an RBI double during Boston’s four-run first inning. The Red Sox, who own the majors’ best record, improved to a season-high 52 games over .500 and maintained their 10 ½-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer for the Rays. Tampa Bay fell to 4-11 against Boston this season.
Price (13-6) gave up two runs on five hits, striking out eight, walking two and hitting a batter. He is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his five starts since the All-Star break.
David Price has a 1.35 ERA in 5 starts since the All-Star break. The Red Sox are 15-2 in his last 17 starts, including 7-0 in his last 7.
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Tyler Glasnow (0-1), making his fourth start since being acquired from Pittsburgh at the non-wavier trading deadline, gave up five runs, four earned, and three hits. He walked three and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings.
Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 37th save.
The Red Sox took advantage of Glasnow’s wildness to jump ahead 4-0 in the first. Moreland’s RBI double made it 1-0 before Martinez and Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases. The righty then walked Ian Kinsler, forcing in a run.
First baseman Jake Bauers then fired Brock Holt’s grounder into left field attempting a force at second and two runs scored, making it 4-0.
In the third, Martinez homered into Boston’s bullpen.
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Cron’s homer cleared the Green Monster and left Fenway Park completely in the sixth.
Tampa Bay’s Carlos Gomez advanced to third when it was left uncovered on a popup that was caught between first and the plate in the first inning.
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With Kinsler on second and Holt on first in the first, Kinsler got caught trying to steal third too quickly when Glasnow stepped off and got him in a rundown. Holt was unsure where to go, standing between first and second before he was tagged out in a rundown for an inning-ending double play.
Three innings later, Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham was doubled off second on a fly ball to the left-field warning track.
The Red Sox improved their home record to a majors’ best 44-15.
Rays: C Jesus Sucre missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist.
Red Sox: Ace lefty Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the second time in nearly three weeks with mild inflammation in his left shoulder. “It’s definitely less than it was last time,” Sale said. . LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (DL since July 15, sprained right ankle) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Monday.
Rays: Manager Kevin Cash hadn’t named his starter for Sunday’s series finale.
Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (7-0, 2.77 ERA) will take Sale’s turn.