Price goes 7, Martinez hits 38th HR; Red Sox beat Rays 5-2

BOSTON (AP) David Price believes he's finally become the pitcher the Boston Red Sox were looking for when they signed him.

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.

Signed to a seven-year, $217 million deal before 2016, the lefty feels as if he's finally paying off.

''Getting back to myself. I definitely changed a lot of stuff up here the last 2 1/2 years,'' he said. ''To be able to get back to the pitcher that Boston signed, it's about time.''

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.

With ace lefty Chris Sale going on the 10-day disabled list Saturday for the second time in nearly three weeks, Price doesn't see any additional pressure to fill the void.

''I'm making $32 million,'' Price said. ''It don't change what I'm doing. I've got enough pressure on me.''

And he's responded.

''We expect him to go deep into games and give us a chance to win and he's been doing that,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

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 1/2-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.

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.

''Very encouraging. The first inning was such a fluke for him, for all of us. Just a lot of odd things,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''His strike-throwing kind of eluded him for whatever reason, but he's got to take a lot of positives from that outing.''

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.

''Just came in, didn't feel that great from warmups to the first inning,'' Glasnow said. ''Just kind of realized that this is what I had today and I needed to just go out and compete as hard as I can and get out of that fix-it mode.''

In the third, Martinez homered into Boston's bullpen.

Cron's homer cleared the Green Monster and left Fenway Park completely in the sixth.

Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 37th save.

HEADS UP

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.

''That was probably my part to go cover third base right there and I didn't do that,'' Price said.

NOT HEADS UP

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.

FRIENDLY FENWAY

The Red Sox improved their home record to a majors' best 44-15.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Jesus Sucre missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist.

Red Sox: Sale was placed on the DL 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.

UP NEXT

Rays: Cash said after the game that RHP Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.63 ERA) would start Sunday's series finale.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (7-0, 2.77) will take Sale's turn.

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  • W: D. Price (13-6)L: T. Glasnow (1-3)S: C. Kimbrel (37)
  • HR: TB - C. Cron (23), BOS - J. Martinez (38)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Gomez RF30000011.215.309.348.6570.5
M. Duffy 3B40100013.294.352.372.7240.5
J. Bauers 1B31000112.216.328.428.7561.5
T. Pham LF30000133.244.334.392.726-0.5
C. Cron DH41221002.250.318.475.7938.0
J. Wendle 2B40000002.292.340.416.7570.0
W. Adames SS40000020.240.299.377.676-1.0
K. Kiermaier CF40100000.179.246.295.5412.0
M. Perez C30100021.292.327.417.7440.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40000010.346.434.6581.092-0.5
    A. Benintendi LF41200000.299.380.500.8804.0
    M. Moreland 1B41110011.257.322.468.7915.5
    J. Martinez DH22111100.333.404.6671.07110.0
    X. Bogaerts SS21000100.278.355.515.8702.0
    I. Kinsler 2B20010100.241.308.403.7111.0
    B. Holt 3B30010001.265.345.368.7131.0
    S. Leon C30000020.209.263.327.590-1.0
    J. Bradley CF30000010.220.305.387.692-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Kiermaier (7)
      • HR - C. Cron (23)
      • RBI - C. Cron 2 (58)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Duffy 3 (3), C. Cron 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (33), M. Moreland (20)
      • HR - J. Martinez (38)
      • RBI - M. Moreland (63), J. Martinez (106), I. Kinsler (35), B. Holt (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (34)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Moreland (2), J. Martinez (5)
      • CS - I. Kinsler (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Glasnow-Duffy)
      • E - J. Bauers (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (10)
      • DP - (Benintendi-Kinsler)
      • E - X. Bogaerts (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Glasnow (L, 1-3)6.23543414.101.295.0
      A. Kolarek1.11000105.191.382.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Glasnow (L, 1-3)6.2
      A. Kolarek1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 13-6)7.05222813.691.1926.0
      R. Brasier (H, 5)1.00000101.000.783.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 37)1.00000102.471.0210.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 13-6)7.0
      R. Brasier (H, 5)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 37)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 94-50, A. Kolarek 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 6-9, A. Kolarek 3-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 25, A. Kolarek 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Price (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 103-72, R. Brasier 9-6, C. Kimbrel 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 6-7, R. Brasier 1-1, C. Kimbrel 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 29, R. Brasier 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      C. Gomez RF30000011.215.309.348.6570.5
      M. Duffy 3B40100013.294.352.372.7240.5
      J. Bauers 1B31000112.216.328.428.7561.5
      T. Pham LF30000133.244.334.392.726-0.5
      C. Cron DH41221002.250.318.475.7938.0
      J. Wendle 2B40000002.292.340.416.7570.0
      W. Adames SS40000020.240.299.377.676-1.0
      K. Kiermaier CF40100000.179.246.295.5412.0
      M. Perez C30100021.292.327.417.7440.0
      Total32252121014-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF40000010.346.434.6581.092-0.5
        A. Benintendi LF41200000.299.380.500.8804.0
        M. Moreland 1B41110011.257.322.468.7915.5
        J. Martinez DH22111100.333.404.6671.07110.0
        X. Bogaerts SS21000100.278.355.515.8702.0
        I. Kinsler 2B20010100.241.308.403.7111.0
        B. Holt 3B30010001.265.345.368.7131.0
        S. Leon C30000020.209.263.327.590-1.0
        J. Bradley CF30000010.220.305.387.692-0.5
        Total275441352-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Kiermaier (7)
          • HR - C. Cron (23)
          • RBI - C. Cron 2 (58)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Duffy 3 (3), C. Cron 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi (33), M. Moreland (20)
          • HR - J. Martinez (38)
          • RBI - M. Moreland (63), J. Martinez (106), I. Kinsler (35), B. Holt (32)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (34)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Moreland (2), J. Martinez (5)
          • CS - I. Kinsler (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Glasnow-Duffy)
          • E - J. Bauers (4)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (10)
          • DP - (Benintendi-Kinsler)
          • E - X. Bogaerts (8)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Glasnow (L, 1-3)6.23543414.101.295.0
          A. Kolarek1.11000105.191.382.5
          Total8.0454351---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Glasnow (L, 1-3)6.2
          A. Kolarek1.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Price (W, 13-6)7.05222813.691.1926.0
          R. Brasier (H, 5)1.00000101.000.783.5
          C. Kimbrel (S, 37)1.00000102.471.0210.5
          Total9.05222101---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Price (W, 13-6)7.0
          R. Brasier (H, 5)1.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 37)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 94-50, A. Kolarek 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 6-9, A. Kolarek 3-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 25, A. Kolarek 5
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Price (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 103-72, R. Brasier 9-6, C. Kimbrel 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 6-7, R. Brasier 1-1, C. Kimbrel 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Price 29, R. Brasier 3, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Cron homered to left, Bauers scored25
          • 3RD INNING
            Martinez homered to center05
          • 1ST INNING
            Holt reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez and Bogaerts scored, Kinsler to second on 1st baseman Bauers throwing error04
            Kinsler walked, Moreland scored, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second02
            Moreland doubled to deep right center, Benintendi scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Ryan Brasier
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Wendle grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ryan Brasier relieved David Price
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bauers grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Kolarek Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to right
            • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Benintendi out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier doubled to deep left
            • M. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Duffy lined out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Glasnow Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kinsler flied out to left
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Holt popped out to third
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Tyler Glasnow
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
            • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • C. Cron: Cron homered to left, Bauers scored
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle lined out to center
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Glasnow Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland lined out to center
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to center
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez hit by pitch, Perez to second
            • M. Duffy: Duffy flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Glasnow Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Bradley popped out to shortstop
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron singled to left, Pham to second
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wendle flied into double play left to second, Pham out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Glasnow Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kinsler flied out to deep center
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt lined out to first
            • S. Leon: Leon grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • M. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Gomez grounded bunt out to third
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Glasnow Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi popped out to second
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez homered to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Wendle popped out to second
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames lined out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Glasnow Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gomez safe at first on shortstop Bogaerts throwing error
            • M. Duffy: Duffy singled to left, Gomez to second
            • J. Bauers: Bauers popped out to first, Gomez to third
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • T. Glasnow Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi doubled to left
            • M. Moreland: Moreland doubled to deep right center, Benintendi scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Moreland stole third, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Martinez stole second, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked, Moreland scored, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Holt reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez and Bogaerts scored, Kinsler to second on 1st baseman Bauers throwing error
            • S. Leon: Kinsler caught stealing, pitcher to third Holt out at second
            • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)