Price sparkles in return to Red Sox rotation, beats Rays 1-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) David Price is back in the Red Sox rotation and looking, feeling and - more important - performing like one of the best pitchers in baseball.

The five-time All-Star was dominant in his first start since last July, allowing four singles over seven innings of Boston's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Price (1-0), who spent two stints on the disabled list and finished 2017 in the bullpen, struck out five and walked none to help the defending AL East champions rebound from blowing a four-run lead in losing on opening day.

''It felt good. That's what I know best,'' said Price, who threw 76 pitches. ''I had success coming out of the pen, but this is what I want to do.''

Rafael Devers snapped a scoreless tie with a single up the middle that drove in Xander Bogaerts, who doubled off Chaz Roe (0-1) leading off the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

A night after scoring six eighth-inning runs to rally from a 4-0 deficit and win the season opener, the Rays only managed to get one runner as far as second base.

Matt Barnes pitched a scoreless eighth for the Red Sox, who won for the first time under manager Alex Cora. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to finish the combined four-hitter.

''It's great. A lot of good vibes,'' Cora said.

''I'm thinking about my dad, he passed away when I was 13. My mom back home, I bet she's going nuts right now,'' the first-year manager added. ''For as bad as it was yesterday, this is awesome, a 1-0 game. I've really had both ends of the spectrum. I'm happy, but more happy for (the team).''

Price's start was his first since July 22 against the Los Angeles Angels. He was placed on the disabled list three days later and worked exclusively out of the bullpen after being activated from the DL in mid-September.

In seven relief appearances, including the postseason, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed just eight hits over 15 1/3 scoreless innings.

Price, the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, pitched for Tampa Bay from 2008 to 2014. He improved to 4-3 in 10 appearances, including nine starts, against his old team.

Blake Snell allowed three hits, struck out two and walked two in 5 2/3 innings, extending a streak of scoreless frames at Tropicana Field to 23 2/3 dating to last September. Roe replaced him with runners at first and third with two outs in the sixth, escaping the jam by striking out J.D. Martinez.

The Rays were held to four hits for the second straight day, the second time in franchise history that's happened in the first two games of the season.

''We are going to get going offensively,'' said manager Kevin Cash, who watched his team rally with help from four walks on opening day. ''There is no doubt in my mind. ... We talk about the margin of error (being small) all the time. The hitting will get hot and get going.''

HOT BATS

Bogaerts is 6 for 8 (.625) with four doubles and three runs scored through two games.

Meanwhile, Devers has a team-leading three RBIs. The 21-year-old drove in two runs Thursday, becoming the youngest Red Sox hitter to drive in a run on opening day since Dwight Evans In 1973, as well as the youngest to have multiple RBIs in an opener since Bobby Doerr in 1938.

KIMBREL TIME

Kimbrel has converted 11 consecutive save opportunities, a streak that began Aug. 5. Friday's perfect ninth also extended his mastery over the Rays since the start of 2017. The Red Sox closer did not allow a hit or a run in nine games against Tampa Bay last season, striking out 23 and walking one over nine innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Tyler Thornburg (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) threw in a minor league spring training game. He missed all of last season. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz (left forearm strain) had a lengthy bullpen two days after a minor league game.

Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies in his pitching elbow. ''All went well. I think it was consistent with what the MRI and the X-rays showed, probably a little bit better in the fact it was pretty clean whatever was done or taken out,'' Cash said.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (11-17, 4.65 ERA in 2017) starts Game 3 of the season-opening four-game series. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner went 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA in six starts against Tampa Bay last season, although he was 2-1 with a 1.27 ERA in three starts at Tropicana Field.

Rays: Reliever Andrew Kittredge will start Saturday in the debut of ''bullpen day,'' part of the team's plan to use a four-man rotation this season.

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  • W: D. Price (1-0)L: C. Roe (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF30000100.143.250.143.3931.0
A. Benintendi LF40000001.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Ramirez 1B40200020.286.375.286.6611.0
M. Moreland 1B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Martinez DH30000112.000.250.000.2500.5
X. Bogaerts SS41200002.625.6251.1251.7505.0
R. Devers 3B40110011.250.250.375.6251.5
E. Nunez 2B40100011.375.375.8751.2500.5
J. Bradley CF30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Vazquez C30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Duffy 3B40000011.125.125.250.375-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40100010.143.250.143.3930.5
    C. Gomez RF40000021.000.125.000.125-1.0
    C. Cron DH40100010.143.143.143.2860.5
    W. Ramos C30100002.143.143.143.2861.0
    B. Miller 1B30100001.333.500.333.8331.0
    A. Hechavarria SS30000021.286.286.286.571-1.0
    D. Robertson 2B20000001.000.200.000.2000.0
    a- D. Span PH-LF00000100.333.6001.0001.6001.0
    R. Refsnyder LF20000020.000.400.000.400-1.0
    b- J. Wendle PH-2B10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-walked for Robertson in the 8th
    • b-lined out for Refsnyder in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - X. Bogaerts 2 (4)
    • RBI - R. Devers (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 1-0)7.04000500.000.5729.5
    M. Barnes (H, 1)1.00001100.000.502.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.00000300.000.0011.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 1-0)7.0
    M. Barnes (H, 1)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell5.23002200.000.8811.0
    C. Roe (L, 0-1)0.111101027.003.00-6.5
    J. Alvarado1.02000100.002.001.5
    M. Andriese2.01000200.000.506.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell5.2
    C. Roe (L, 0-1)0.1
    J. Alvarado1.0
    M. Andriese2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 76-55, M. Barnes 18-9, C. Kimbrel 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-10
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 84-49, C. Roe 12-9, J. Alvarado 16-12, M. Andriese 27-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-10, J. Alvarado 1-0, M. Andriese 3-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 21, C. Roe 2, J. Alvarado 4, M. Andriese 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS1-1
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF30000100.143.250.143.3931.0
    A. Benintendi LF40000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    H. Ramirez 1B40200020.286.375.286.6611.0
    M. Moreland 1B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Martinez DH30000112.000.250.000.2500.5
    X. Bogaerts SS41200002.625.6251.1251.7505.0
    R. Devers 3B40110011.250.250.375.6251.5
    E. Nunez 2B40100011.375.375.8751.2500.5
    J. Bradley CF30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
    C. Vazquez C30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
    Total3217102610-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Duffy 3B40000011.125.125.250.375-0.5
      K. Kiermaier CF40100010.143.250.143.3930.5
      C. Gomez RF40000021.000.125.000.125-1.0
      C. Cron DH40100010.143.143.143.2860.5
      W. Ramos C30100002.143.143.143.2861.0
      B. Miller 1B30100001.333.500.333.8331.0
      A. Hechavarria SS30000021.286.286.286.571-1.0
      D. Robertson 2B20000001.000.200.000.2000.0
      a- D. Span PH-LF00000100.333.6001.0001.6001.0
      R. Refsnyder LF20000020.000.400.000.400-1.0
      b- J. Wendle PH-2B10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total300400198-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Duffy 3B4
      K. Kiermaier CF4
      C. Gomez RF4
      C. Cron DH4
      W. Ramos C3
      B. Miller 1B3
      A. Hechavarria SS3
      D. Robertson 2B2
      a- D. Span PH-LF0
      R. Refsnyder LF2
      b- J. Wendle PH-2B1
      Total30
      • a-walked for Robertson in the 8th
      • b-lined out for Refsnyder in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts 2 (4)
      • RBI - R. Devers (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 1-0)7.04000500.000.5729.5
      M. Barnes (H, 1)1.00001100.000.502.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.00000300.000.0011.5
      Total9.0400190---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 1-0)7.0
      M. Barnes (H, 1)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell5.23002200.000.8811.0
      C. Roe (L, 0-1)0.111101027.003.00-6.5
      J. Alvarado1.02000100.002.001.5
      M. Andriese2.01000200.000.506.0
      Total9.0711260---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell5.2
      C. Roe (L, 0-1)0.1
      J. Alvarado1.0
      M. Andriese2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 76-55, M. Barnes 18-9, C. Kimbrel 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-10
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 84-49, C. Roe 12-9, J. Alvarado 16-12, M. Andriese 27-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-10, J. Alvarado 1-0, M. Andriese 3-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 21, C. Roe 2, J. Alvarado 4, M. Andriese 7
      • 7TH INNING
        Devers singled to center, Bogaerts scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep right center
        • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to third, Bogaerts to third
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • Mitch Moreland at first
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Andriese relieved Jose Alvarado
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Benintendi fouled out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Barnes relieved David Price
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hechavarria struck out looking
        • Denard Span hit for Daniel Robertson
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span walked
        • Joey Wendle hit for Rob Refsnyder
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wendle lined out to third
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Duffy popped out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Roe Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Chaz Roe
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Devers singled to center, Bogaerts scored
        • E. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Nunez reached on an infield single to first, Devers to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Devers to third, Nunez out at second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Foul, Gomez flied out to center
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron flied out to center
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos singled to center
        • B. Miller: Foul, Miller flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Vazquez flied out to shallow right
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to deep left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez singled to shallow right, Betts to third
        • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Refsnyder struck out looking
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Devers lined out to right
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to catcher
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Miller singled to left
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria reached on fielder's choice to third, Miller out at second
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hechavarria out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to deep left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to left center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez walked, Ramirez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Duffy grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Gomez: Gomez fouled out to catcher
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cron singled to shallow left, Kiermaier to second
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramos flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Nunez popped out to shortstop
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley grounded out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez singled to shallow left
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria struck out looking
        • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Robertson flied out to deep left
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to left
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron popped out to second
        • W. Ramos: Ramos flied out to deep right
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Miller flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts popped out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duffy grounded out to first
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)