Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (68-82)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.33)
Pitching: LHP David Price (18-5, 2.54)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Price: Pedroia 8-23, Ellsbury 6-20, Aviles 4-13, Ross 1-8, Salty 1-8, Nava 0-8, Podsednik 2-7, Ciriaco 0-4.
Rays vs. Buchholz: Scott 6-28, Pena 5-28, Zobrist 3-26, Longoria 5-24, Upton 6-20, Joyce 5-12, Molina 5-12, Rodriguez 3-10, Jennings 1-4, Keppinger 1-5, Johnson 1-5, Brignac 0-3, Gimenez 0-3, Fuld 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Adrian Gonzalez leads the Sox with 86 RBIs. Cody Ross is next with 74. The Sox haven’t gone a full season without a player driving in at least 90 runs since Tom Brunansky led the team with 74 in 1992.
Notes: The series ends with a good pitching matchup. Buchholz will be facing the Rays for the fifth time this season. He is 1-2, 4.62 over 25.1 innings. In his career, Buchholz is 5-4, 2.76 in 12 starts against Tampa Bay, 3-3, 2.89 in seven starts at Tropicana Field. … Price is 7-4, 3.15 in 13 career starts against the Sox, 1-1, 3.12 in three starts this season. … The Sox are 4-2 on a road trip that ends tonight. They have won two of three. … The Rays have lost four of five and seven of their last nine. They start the day 6.5 games out in the division and the wild card. … Ciriaco is 15 of 15 in stolen bases. … The Sox have 492 extra-base hits, tied with Texas and Milwaukee for the most in the majors. … The Sox allowed 15 hits and 10 walks over innings on Wednesday. That last happened against Milwaukee in 1996.
Song of the Day: “Must Of Got Lost” by the J. Geils Band.