Price, Red Sox double down on Indians 7-0

BOSTON (AP) Two and a half seasons after he came to Boston, David Price is finally delivering the excitement that accompanied his arrival.

''This is the pitcher Boston signed,'' the Red Sox lefty said after pitching eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Thursday. ''For me to get back to that, it's about time.''

Price (14-6) earned his fifth straight win, getting three bases-loaded doubles in a six-run fifth inning to help the Red Sox split their four-game series with the AL Central-leading Indians. After losing the first two games, Boston won twice in 20 hours to open a 9 1/2-game lead over the idle New York Yankees in the AL East.

The Red Sox, who have the best record in baseball at 90-39, have not lost four games in a row all season, and they are the only team in the majors that has not been swept.

''Hopefully we can be the first to 100, too,'' said Blake Swihart, who entered the game as a pinch-runner when Mitch Moreland bruised his knee and delivered the go-ahead double in the fifth.

Price signed a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season and pitched well in his first season in Boston but has yet to win a playoff game with the Red Sox. He has allowed five runs in six starts since the All-Star break, an ERA of 1.09 that is the lowest in the league among regular starters.

On Thursday, he hit a batter but walked none, striking out seven before leaving to a standing ovation and high fives from his teammates after the top of the eighth. The Indians had not been shut out at Fenway Park since the final week of the 2009 season.

''That's a playoff-caliber team,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''That's one of the best teams in the big leagues and he was outstanding today.''

Adam Plutko (4-4) matched him into the fifth, when Sandy Leon led off with a ground-rule double and moved to third on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single. One out later, Plutko walked the bases loaded and then gave up Swihart's line drive to right-center that made it 2-0.

J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked, then Xander Bogaerts hit a one-hopper off reliever Adam Cimber that went over third baseman Jose Ramirez's head and off the tip of his glove for another two-run double. Another intentional walk loaded the bases, and then Eduardo Nunez poked a double down the first-base line to make it 6-0.

In all, Plutko allowed five runs on five hits and five walks, striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.

''He competed like crazy,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''And then we got into the fifth and we just couldn't stop the bleeding.''

Martinez singled in a run in the sixth - his major league-leading 109th RBI of the season - to give Boston a 7-0 lead.

DEFENSIVE HELP

Swihart entered the game as a pinch-runner in the first after first baseman Mitch Moreland aggravated an existing knee injury sliding for a foul ball. In addition to driving in the go-ahead run for the second straight game, he also had a nice scoop when Price made a bad throw to first on Roberto Perez's comebacker in the sixth.

Price knocked the ball down with his glove and scrambled behind the mound to get it, then bounced a throw to Swihart, who was playing in just the sixth game of his career at the position. The ball bounced off Swihart's glove but he grabbed it with his bare hand just in time to beat the runner.

Price also got some help when second baseman Brock Holt made an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow right in the fifth inning. And Swihart started a 3-6 double play in the eighth.

LOST IN THE SUN

Cleveland leftfielder Melky Cabrera lost Moreland's fly ball in the sun in the first inning, waving for help from his infielders before ducking out of the way of the ball. Moreland was safe with a single, giving the Red Sox runners on first and second with one out.

Plutko struck out Martinez and Bogaerts to escape.

COLD BATS

Ramirez (2 for 14) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (3 for 17) struggled in the series.

''I thought they (Boston) did a good job, but I also think at times there's just a period where guys just don't stay as hot,'' Francona said.

TRAINERS ROOM

Indians: Activated RHP Josh Tomlin from the 10-day disabled list (right hamstring strain) and put RHP Neil Ramirez (lower back spasms) on the 10-day DL.

Red Sox: Moreland left the game with a bruised left knee after sliding near a photo pit in pursuit of Yandy Diaz's foul popup in the first. Moreland remained in the game, but left for Swihart in the bottom of the first.

UP NEXT

Indians: Open a three-game series at Kansas City, with righty Mike Clevinger (9-7) facing righty Brad Keller (6-5).

Red Sox: Travels to Tampa Bay for a three-game set. Righty Hector Velazquez (7-1) faces a Rays starter TBD.

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  • W: D. Price (14-6)L: A. Plutko (4-4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40100011.288.368.540.9080.5
Y. Diaz DH-1B40100002.333.360.417.7771.0
J. Ramirez 3B30000011.296.408.6201.027-0.5
E. Gonzalez 3B10000001.284.320.405.7250.0
E. Encarnacion 1B30100000.233.319.476.7951.0
M. Cabrera LF30000022.270.311.441.752-1.0
B. Guyer RF20000000.191.285.362.6471.0
J. Kipnis 2B30000001.220.309.350.6600.0
R. Perez C30000020.156.238.231.469-1.0
G. Allen CF30200010.258.296.335.6313.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF51200013.340.426.6391.0641.5
    A. Benintendi LF31000202.297.378.494.8723.0
    M. Moreland 1B10100000.259.327.472.8001.0
    B. Swihart PR-1B41220000.223.279.300.5796.0
    J. Martinez DH31110212.333.405.6551.0594.5
    X. Bogaerts SS51120025.281.355.528.8834.0
    B. Holt 2B20100200.265.347.364.7103.0
    E. Nunez 3B40120015.257.282.373.6553.5
    S. Leon C41100002.205.257.323.5803.0
    J. Bradley CF41200022.225.306.390.6962.0
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, E. Gonzalez
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Swihart (7), X. Bogaerts (38), E. Nunez (20), S. Leon (11)
      • RBI - B. Swihart 2 (9), J. Martinez (109), X. Bogaerts 2 (82), E. Nunez 2 (38)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, X. Bogaerts 2 (2), E. Nunez 5 (5), J. Bradley 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Allen (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Betts (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Bogaerts; Swihart-Bogaerts; Bogaerts-Holt-Swihart)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (L, 4-4)4.15555405.091.25-6.0
      A. Cimber0.02111003.671.22-4.0
      O. Perez0.20000101.290.670.5
      J. Tomlin3.05110206.751.504.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (L, 4-4)4.1
      A. Cimber0.0
      O. Perez0.2
      J. Tomlin3.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 14-6)8.03000703.501.1534.5
      T. Thornburg1.02000004.151.331.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 14-6)8.0
      T. Thornburg1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Plutko, A. Cimber (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 101-65, A. Cimber 5-4, O. Perez 5-4, J. Tomlin 45-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 2-6, J. Tomlin 4-3
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 22, A. Cimber 3, O. Perez 2, J. Tomlin 14
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Price (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 101-68, T. Thornburg 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 7-8, T. Thornburg 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 26, T. Thornburg 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      F. Lindor SS40100011.288.368.540.9080.5
      Y. Diaz DH-1B40100002.333.360.417.7771.0
      J. Ramirez 3B30000011.296.408.6201.027-0.5
      E. Gonzalez 3B10000001.284.320.405.7250.0
      E. Encarnacion 1B30100000.233.319.476.7951.0
      M. Cabrera LF30000022.270.311.441.752-1.0
      B. Guyer RF20000000.191.285.362.6471.0
      J. Kipnis 2B30000001.220.309.350.6600.0
      R. Perez C30000020.156.238.231.469-1.0
      G. Allen CF30200010.258.296.335.6313.5
      Total290500078-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF51200013.340.426.6391.0641.5
        A. Benintendi LF31000202.297.378.494.8723.0
        M. Moreland 1B10100000.259.327.472.8001.0
        B. Swihart PR-1B41220000.223.279.300.5796.0
        J. Martinez DH31110212.333.405.6551.0594.5
        X. Bogaerts SS51120025.281.355.528.8834.0
        B. Holt 2B20100200.265.347.364.7103.0
        E. Nunez 3B40120015.257.282.373.6553.5
        S. Leon C41100002.205.257.323.5803.0
        J. Bradley CF41200022.225.306.390.6962.0
        Total35712706721-----
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, E. Gonzalez
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Swihart (7), X. Bogaerts (38), E. Nunez (20), S. Leon (11)
          • RBI - B. Swihart 2 (9), J. Martinez (109), X. Bogaerts 2 (82), E. Nunez 2 (38)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, X. Bogaerts 2 (2), E. Nunez 5 (5), J. Bradley 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Allen (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - M. Betts (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Bogaerts; Swihart-Bogaerts; Bogaerts-Holt-Swihart)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Plutko (L, 4-4)4.15555405.091.25-6.0
          A. Cimber0.02111003.671.22-4.0
          O. Perez0.20000101.290.670.5
          J. Tomlin3.05110206.751.504.0
          Total8.01277670---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Plutko (L, 4-4)4.1
          A. Cimber0.0
          O. Perez0.2
          J. Tomlin3.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Price (W, 14-6)8.03000703.501.1534.5
          T. Thornburg1.02000004.151.331.0
          Total9.0500070---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Price (W, 14-6)8.0
          T. Thornburg1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - A. Plutko, A. Cimber (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 101-65, A. Cimber 5-4, O. Perez 5-4, J. Tomlin 45-29
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 2-6, J. Tomlin 4-3
          • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 22, A. Cimber 3, O. Perez 2, J. Tomlin 14
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Price (9)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 101-68, T. Thornburg 23-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 7-8, T. Thornburg 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Price 26, T. Thornburg 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Martinez singled to center, Betts scored, Swihart to second07
          • 5TH INNING
            Nunez doubled to deep right, Martinez and Bogaerts scored, Holt to third06
            Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Benintendi and Swihart scored, Martinez to third04
            Swihart doubled to deep right center, Leon and Bradley scored, Benintendi to third02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Thornburg relieved David Price
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen singled to center
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor singled to center, Allen to second
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Diaz grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Allen to third, Lindor out at second
            • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Guyer hit by pitch
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded into double play first to shortstop, Guyer out at second
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Erik Gonzalez at third base
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swihart grounded out to first
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz singled to shallow right
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion singled to left, Diaz to second
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera lined into double play shortstop, Diaz out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Tomlin Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Leon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Tomlin relieved Oliver Perez
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to center
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to center
            • B. Swihart: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Swihart singled to right, Betts to third
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to center, Betts scored, Swihart to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • B. Holt: Holt singled to right, Swihart to third, Martinez to second
            • E. Nunez: Nunez popped out to second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer popped out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Leon doubled to right
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Bradley singled to center, Leon to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked, Bradley to second
            • B. Swihart: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swihart doubled to deep right center, Leon and Bradley scored, Benintendi to third
            • J. Martinez: Martinez intentionally walked
            • Adam Cimber relieved Adam Plutko
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Benintendi and Swihart scored, Martinez to third
            • B. Holt: Holt intentionally walked
            • E. Nunez: Nunez doubled to deep right, Martinez and Bogaerts scored, Holt to third
            • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Cimber
            • S. Leon: Leon popped out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Diaz flied out to right
            • J. Ramirez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez lined out to shortstop
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Foul, Foul, Swihart grounded out to first
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to right
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Martinez to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Nunez lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis grounded out to second
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen singled to right center
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Allen stole second, Foul tip, Lindor struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bradley singled to right
            • M. Betts: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bradley out at second
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Betts caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Benintendi flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • B. Guyer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Guyer grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Holt flied out to right
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Leon popped out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Lindor lined out to right
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Moreland singled to left, Benintendi to second
            • Blake Swihart ran for Mitch Moreland
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)