Price returns in Boston's 3-2 loss to the Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Daivd Price had a flawless return from a nearly two-month layoff.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched two hitless innings in relief for the Boston Red Sox in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

He was activated Thursday and pitched for the first time since July 22 after being sidelined by left elbow inflammation. He struck out two in his first relief appearance since 2010.

''I felt good. I put up two zeroes in a one-run game. It's fun to get back out there,'' said Price, who pitched for the first time since July 22 after being sidelined by left elbow inflammation. ''I felt good with the curveball, threw some really good cutters, a couple good changeups. It was good.''

Red Sox manager John Farrell had said Price would go no more than two innings in his first appearance. The Red Sox will attempt to determine whether he can be stretched out enough to start in the postseason.

''That was even more than I personally anticipated,'' said manager John Farrell. ''I'm amazed that someone who hasn't pitched in a game in nearly seven weeks would come out with that kind of command and throw three or four pitches for strikes. He is a unique pitcher and that was really a strong two innings of work.''

The AL East-leading Red Sox remained three games ahead of the New York Yankees with 13 games remaining in the regular season.

Jake Odorizzi (9-8) gave up one hit in six innings and the Rays salvaged the finale of a three-game series. Jesus Sucre's solo home run off Eduardo Rodriguez regained the lead for Tampa Bay in the sixth inning after Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the only hit off Odorizzi.

It was the sixth home run for Sucre and the 17th for Bradley.

Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the sixth, having given up only a first-inning walk to Dustin Pedroia. He had retired 14 straight when he walked Brock Holt to lead off the sixth. Bradley's two-run homer followed on a 3-2 pitch, tying the game 2-2.

According to Odorizzi, it wasn't necessarily a bad pitch, just the wrong one.

''I was throwing what was working for me,'' he said. ''I had good life on my fastball. He was sitting dead-red. If I had thrown him a changeup he probably would have swung and missed by a good bit. But I didn't and he didn't.''

Rodriguez (5-6) took the loss for the Red Sox.

Evan Longoria drove in the Rays' first two runs with singles in the first and fifth innings.

Odorizzi pitched six innings, the longest of any Rays starter in their last 10 games, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out seven.

Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 45th save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RF Mookie Betts left the game in the fifth inning with a right thumb contusion. ... 2B Pedroia (left knee inflammation) returned as a DH on Sunday after a day off following his 0-for-9 performance in Friday night's 15-inning game. Pedroia will return to 2B in Baltimore on Monday night.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (5-8) will make his 13th start for Boston Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore. RHP Dylan Bundy (13-9) will pitch for the Orioles.

Rays: Former Rays manager Joe Maddon will bring the Chicago Cubs to Tropicana Field for a two-game interleague series starting Tuesday night. RHP Chris Archer (9-10) will pitch for the Rays against LHP Jon Lester (11-7).

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TB73-77
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  • W: J. Odorizzi (9-8)L: E. Rodriguez (5-6)S: A. Colome (45)
  • HR: BOS - J. Bradley (17), TB - J. Sucre (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
X. Bogaerts SS40000001.269.333.392.7260.0
D. Pedroia DH30000100.304.378.406.7841.0
A. Benintendi LF40100021.277.355.435.7900.0
M. Betts RF20000001.263.342.449.7910.0
R. Davis RF20000011.229.290.341.630-0.5
M. Moreland 1B30000010.250.332.439.771-0.5
C. Vazquez C30000020.298.338.419.756-1.0
R. Devers 3B30000010.286.346.480.826-0.5
B. Holt 2B21000110.167.279.200.4791.5
J. Bradley CF31221000.259.336.432.7688.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Kiermaier CF41100014.279.339.460.7981.5
    P. Bourjos RF-LF30000101.228.283.392.6741.0
    E. Longoria DH40220010.267.320.429.7493.5
    L. Duda 1B40000025.224.327.515.843-1.0
    A. Hechavarria SS40000035.258.289.403.693-1.5
    T. Plouffe 3B40000002.203.274.317.5920.0
    B. Miller 2B40000020.192.325.313.638-1.0
    J. Sucre C32211000.259.294.404.6988.0
    C. Puello LF30300000.208.240.208.4483.0
    S. Souza RF00000000.238.345.463.8080.0
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Bradley (17)
      • RBI - J. Bradley 2 (61)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Sucre (6)
      • RBI - E. Longoria 2 (81), J. Sucre (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Sucre (10)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Bradley (3), R. Devers (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (L, 5-6)5.27321714.151.273.5
      A. Maddox0.11000000.000.81-1.0
      D. Price2.00000203.711.247.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (L, 5-6)5.2
      A. Maddox0.1
      D. Price2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (W, 9-8)6.01222614.461.2826.0
      S. Romo (H, 11)1.00000203.811.104.0
      T. Hunter (H, 25)1.01000002.290.912.0
      A. Colome (S, 45)1.01000003.171.199.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (W, 9-8)6.0
      S. Romo (H, 11)1.0
      T. Hunter (H, 25)1.0
      A. Colome (S, 45)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 110-72, A. Maddox 7-5, D. Price 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 4-7, D. Price 2-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 26, A. Maddox 2, D. Price 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 96-60, S. Romo 12-9, T. Hunter 12-8, A. Colome 4-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-8, S. Romo 1-0, A. Colome 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, S. Romo 3, T. Hunter 4, A. Colome 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS85-64
      000002000232
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      10001100X380
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      X. Bogaerts SS40000001.269.333.392.7260.0
      D. Pedroia DH30000100.304.378.406.7841.0
      A. Benintendi LF40100021.277.355.435.7900.0
      M. Betts RF20000001.263.342.449.7910.0
      R. Davis RF20000011.229.290.341.630-0.5
      M. Moreland 1B30000010.250.332.439.771-0.5
      C. Vazquez C30000020.298.338.419.756-1.0
      R. Devers 3B30000010.286.346.480.826-0.5
      B. Holt 2B21000110.167.279.200.4791.5
      J. Bradley CF31221000.259.336.432.7688.0
      Total292321284-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        K. Kiermaier CF41100014.279.339.460.7981.5
        P. Bourjos RF-LF30000101.228.283.392.6741.0
        E. Longoria DH40220010.267.320.429.7493.5
        L. Duda 1B40000025.224.327.515.843-1.0
        A. Hechavarria SS40000035.258.289.403.693-1.5
        T. Plouffe 3B40000002.203.274.317.5920.0
        B. Miller 2B40000020.192.325.313.638-1.0
        J. Sucre C32211000.259.294.404.6988.0
        C. Puello LF30300000.208.240.208.4483.0
        S. Souza RF00000000.238.345.463.8080.0
        Total3338311917-----
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Bradley (17)
          • RBI - J. Bradley 2 (61)
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Sucre (6)
          • RBI - E. Longoria 2 (81), J. Sucre (27)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Sucre (10)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Bradley (3), R. Devers (11)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (L, 5-6)5.27321714.151.273.5
          A. Maddox0.11000000.000.81-1.0
          D. Price2.00000203.711.247.0
          Total8.0832191---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (L, 5-6)5.2
          A. Maddox0.1
          D. Price2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (W, 9-8)6.01222614.461.2826.0
          S. Romo (H, 11)1.00000203.811.104.0
          T. Hunter (H, 25)1.01000002.290.912.0
          A. Colome (S, 45)1.01000003.171.199.0
          Total9.0322281---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (W, 9-8)6.0
          S. Romo (H, 11)1.0
          T. Hunter (H, 25)1.0
          A. Colome (S, 45)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 110-72, A. Maddox 7-5, D. Price 21-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 4-7, D. Price 2-2
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 26, A. Maddox 2, D. Price 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 96-60, S. Romo 12-9, T. Hunter 12-8, A. Colome 4-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-8, S. Romo 1-0, A. Colome 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, S. Romo 3, T. Hunter 4, A. Colome 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Sucre homered to left23
            Bradley homered to right center, Holt scored22
          • 5TH INNING
            Longoria reached on an infield single to shortstop, Sucre scored, Puello to third, Bourjos to second02
          • 1ST INNING
            Longoria singled to center, Kiermaier scored, Bourjos to third on center fielder Bradley fielding error01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Alex Colome relieved Tommy Hunter
            • D. Pedroia: Pedroia fouled out to third
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to center
            • R. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Steven Souza in right
            • Tommy Hunter relieved Sergio Romo
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers fouled out to third
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Holt lined out to center
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts lined out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
            • T. Plouffe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Plouffe popped out to second
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Miller grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Sergio Romo relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • R. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland grounded out to second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • David Price relieved Austin Maddox
            • P. Bourjos: Bourjos lined out to center
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley homered to right center, Holt scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to right
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pedroia flied out to deep center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Foul, Plouffe lined out to first
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Miller grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sucre homered to left
            • Austin Maddox relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • C. Puello: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Puello singled to shallow left
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez lined out to center
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Devers lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Rajai Davis in right
            • J. Sucre: Strike swinging, Ball, Sucre singled to right
            • C. Puello: Strike looking, Strike looking, Puello singled to shallow center, Sucre to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bourjos walked, Sucre to third, Puello to second
            • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Longoria reached on an infield single to shortstop, Sucre scored, Puello to third, Bourjos to second
            • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Duda popped out to shortstop
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded out to third
            • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Plouffe flied out to deep left
            • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley flied out to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike (foul tip), Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bourjos flied out to deep left
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Longoria lined out to right
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Sucre grounded out to second
            • C. Puello: Ball, Ball, Puello singled to shallow right
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to deep right
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi lined out to right
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier singled to shallow center
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bourjos reached on fielder's choice to third, Kiermaier to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria singled to center, Kiermaier scored, Bourjos to third on center fielder Bradley fielding error
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
            • T. Plouffe: Plouffe fouled out to first
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)