Game over, Red Sox 2, Rays 0: Uehara threw 13 pitches, 12 strikes to earn his 19th save. He has retired 31 straight batters and pitched 28-1/3 scoreless innings. This one was a four-out save as the Sox keep winning and the Rays keep fading and are making this wild card race very interesting. Clay Buchholz returned and pitched five scoreless innings to improve to 10-0 with a 1.61 ERA. The game was played in 3:10 before 18,605.
Top 9th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – Dustin Pedroia singled and stole second base and Mike Napoli walked with two outs against Joel Peralta. Gomes flew out to center to end the threat.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – Tazawa gives up a two-out double to Escobar. Koji Uehara comes on for a four-out save. gets Wil Myers to pop out for the final out of the eighth. David Price went eight innings, three hits, two earned runs with nine strikeouts and will likely lose the game. Price threw 127 pitches the most of his career and 92 strikes. It was the most by a Rays pitcher since Victor Zambrano threw 128 pitches in 2004.
Top 8th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – Danile Nava singled off Price and got all the way to third base on a wild pitch and ground out, but Stephen Drew, now 0-for-10 vs. Price. struck out.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – Another good inning for Breslow, who walked one batter but got out of it keeping the score as is.
Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – The Sox were retired in order by Price, who has picked up after his hiccup in the fifth.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – Yunel Escobar drew a walk vs. Craig Breslow who relieved Clay Buchholz. After Wil Myers grounded into a force at second, Ben Zobrist grounded into a double play as Pedroia tagged the runenr and threw to first.
Top 6th:Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – David Price struck out the side.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – Buchholz doesn’t seem to have any rust and seems to have picked up where he left off. He’s using his whole repertoire, has a really good curveball and retired the side in the fifth including his sixth strikeout (Luke Scott). This may have been his last inning with Craig Breslow now warming up.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Rays 0 – Mike Napoli doubled over Desmond Jennings’ head on a ball that was sent to deepest part of centerfield hitting Jennings’ glove and the yellow line on top of the fence. Napoli scored on Jonny Gomes’ single to center. He took second base on the throw. Nava’s sac bunt advanced Gomes to third. Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s battled Price to a 3-2 count before hitting a bomb to center that was caught by Desmond Jennings near the CF wall. It scored Gomes with the second run.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Clay Buchholz continues to shut out the Rays. While he walked Matt Joyce, he also struck out two and got the second straight caught stealing on a nice Saltalamacchia throw to catch Joyce stealing.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – David Price has his good stuff. He had allowed only two runs to the Red Sox in 16-1/3 innings this season, but now he’s gone four more innings beyond that. He’s retired all 12 batters.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Not as pretty as Price’s outing, but Buchholz is pitching very well for a guy who hasn’t pitched for three months. He allowed a single to leadoff hitter David DeJesus, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia gunned him down trying to steal second on a nice throw. Buchholz then retired Ben Zobrist on a grounder to first on which he covered for the out.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Price has retired the first nine batters. He caught a pop up by Stephen Drew, an oddity as you never see pitchers take charge to catch a pop up with James Loney in the vicinity.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Buchholz allowed a single to James Loney on a 90 mph fastball, but then rebounded to strike out Luke Scott on a3-2 fastball at 93 mph. Desmond Jennings reached on an infield single, but Buchholz was able to strike out Jose Molina on 92 mph fastball that had great movement to retire the side.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Price has retied all six batters he’s faced. Napoli, Gomes and Nava all went down. Nava’s ball was hit hard to center.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – All eyes are on Clay Buchholz and he didn’t disappoint in the first inning. Buchholz, who hasn’t pitched in a major league game since June 8 certainly didn’t look rusty. He got David DeJesus to fly out to center, Ben Zobrist to ground out off Buchholz and to Pedroia who threw him out and then struck out Evan Longoria with a curveball. Buchholz threw his cutter, changeup, fastball and curve in that inning. He threw his fastball at 92 mph which is about right. he had been throwing 88-90 mph in his rehab outings. He’s expected to throw 75 pitches tonight as he seeks to go 10-0.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – David Price hasn’t been pitching that well for the Rays of late, but he’s started out well tonight. He struck out Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino to lead off he game and then retired David Ortiz with a fly out tor right.
Great to see Derek Lowe in the NESN booth. He and Pedro Martinez, who has been with the team in his duties as special assistant to the general manager, did a lot of reminiscing about their time in Boston. Game will be underway shortly and we’ll have the updates. Wil Myers brought out the lineup card for the Rays.