Price and Bogaerts carry Red Sox past Orioles 4-0

BOSTON (AP) The big foursome leading Boston's starting rotation had struggled badly this season.

David Price took care of that with a masterful outing.

Price pitched seven stellar innings with seven strikeouts, Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer and drove in every run, and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 on Sunday.

Price, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi entered Sunday 0-7 with an 8.43 ERA in 11 starts.

With the starters unable to go deep into games, the Red Sox bullpen has pitched a lot of innings.

''Excellent,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said of the performance. ''Everybody knew where were pitching-wise today, for him to go seven and give the ball to those last two guys was very important for us.''

Price (1-1) had easily the best outing from that quartet this season, mixing his mid-90s fastball with a sharp changeup and cutter to allow just three hits without issuing a walk.

''I knew the situation,'' Price said. ''You've got to eat up as many innings as possible. I was able to put up zeros today, so that was big for us.''

The teams wrap up their four-game series with Boston's traditional Patriots' Day morning game Monday, with first pitch set for 11:05 a.m. The Red Sox are scheduled to play on the holiday for the 60th consecutive year.

Baltimore's Chris Davis went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts a day after ending his record 0-for-54 stretch.

Ryan Brasier escaped a jam in the eighth, and Matt Barnes worked the ninth, closing out the combined five-hitter.

Bogaerts hit his shot off reliever Josh Lucas into the center field seats in the eighth.

John Means (1-2) gave up a run and four hits in five innings, striking out three and walking one in just his second big league start. He made his first career appearance in Fenway Park last Sept. 26, allowing five runs over 3 1/3 innings. He's been bouncing between the rotation and bullpen this season.

''I just want that role of being able to do whatever they ask me to do and I come to the field ready to go at all times,'' he said. ''I do like starting. It's what I've always done. So, yeah, I'm just very comfortable.''

The 25-year-old lefty wiggled out of what could have been a tough fourth when he gave up the run.

Steve Pearce had a leadoff single and advanced to third on J.D. Martinez's double. Pearce scored on Bogaerts' fly before Martinez was cut down at the plate on Dustin Pedroia's grounder. Rafael Devers bounced out to end the inning.

Baltimore pitching coach Doug Brocail, in the third base dugout, was ejected by first base umpire Stu Scheurwater. It was Brocail's ninth career ejection, six coming as a player.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Manager Brandon Hyde said OF Dwight Smith Jr.'s right leg was ''a little sore.'' Smith was scratched about an hour before the game, prompting the shifting of four spots in the batting order. He flew out to center pinch hitting with two on, ending the eighth.

''In BP, just his leg, his quad was a little tight, and I just thought it was the right thing to do to give him a breather, and he'll be back in there tomorrow,'' Hyde said.

Red Sox: LF Andrew Benintendi left with a bruised right foot after fouling a pitch off it. He originally had the day off but was in the lineup when CF Jackie Bradley Jr. was scratched with the flu. Benintendi said after that he doesn't see it ''being anything super serious.'' ... Cora inserted Pedroia in the DH slot to avoid playing him consecutive days at second base. Pedroia played just three games last season because of a knee injury.

HONORING TIGER

Shortly after Tiger Woods won the Masters, the Red Sox put a video of his final putt with Survivor's song `Eye of the Tiger' playing in the background in the middle of the fifth inning.

The crowd cheered.

A message read: ''Tiger Woods 2019 Masters Champion.''

''Good job, Tiger.'' Price said. ''That's awesome. For him to endure everything he's been through and get on top and win anther Masters, we're all pumped for him.''

MASTERING THE O'S

Price improved to 16-5 with a 2.65 ERA in his career against the Orioles, winning his eighth straight start against them.

The Red Sox have beaten Baltimore 21 of the last 25 meetings.

UP NEXT

Baltimore RHP Dan Straily (0-1, 19.29 ERA) is slated to face RHP Hector Velazquez (0-0, 2.79) in the series finale Monday.

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  • W: D. Price (1-1)L: J. Means (1-2)
  • HR: BOS - X. Bogaerts (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Villar 2B-SS40100011.299.338.493.8310.5
J. Rickard RF30000011.175.267.325.592-1.5
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T. Mancini LF-RF30100111.339.400.7101.1102.5
R. Nunez DH40100022.264.316.396.7120.0
H. Alberto 3B-2B40100002.282.300.308.6081.0
J. Sucre C40000004.184.225.211.4360.0
C. Davis 1B40000023.071.170.119.289-1.0
R. Martin SS20100010.167.250.250.5001.5
a- R. Ruiz PH-3B00000100.220.340.341.6811.0
C. Mullins CF30000022.122.245.220.464-1.0
HITTERSAB
J. Villar 2B-SS4
J. Rickard RF3
b- D. Smith PH-LF1
T. Mancini LF-RF3
R. Nunez DH4
H. Alberto 3B-2B4
J. Sucre C4
C. Davis 1B4
R. Martin SS2
a- R. Ruiz PH-3B0
C. Mullins CF3
  • a-walked for Martin in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Rickard in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF20100010.293.364.448.8121.5
B. Swihart LF20000010.250.308.417.724-0.5
M. Betts CF41100001.233.329.433.7622.0
S. Pearce 1B31100021.154.214.154.3682.0
J. Martinez RF31200011.333.412.550.9624.5
X. Bogaerts SS31241011.308.413.519.9329.5
D. Pedroia DH40000014.133.188.133.321-0.5
E. Nunez 2B30000114.184.205.211.4160.5
R. Devers 3B30000002.246.328.298.6260.0
C. Vazquez C30000010.211.250.447.697-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Mancini (5), R. Martin
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rickard (2), D. Smith (4), J. Sucre (4), C. Davis 2 (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (4), J. Martinez (4)
    • HR - X. Bogaerts (2)
    • SF - X. Bogaerts
    • RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts (5), E. Nunez 2 (4), R. Devers (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Rickard (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Martin
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Devers (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Means (L, 1-2)5.04111301.981.245.5
    E. Phillips1.00000303.601.204.5
    P. Fry1.01110103.521.041.5
    J. Lucas0.12220117.711.71-3.5
    M. Castro0.200001010.571.700.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Means (L, 1-2)5.0
    E. Phillips1.0
    P. Fry1.0
    J. Lucas0.1
    M. Castro0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 1-1)7.03000703.790.9531.5
    R. Brasier (H, 1)1.01001101.170.911.5
    M. Barnes1.01001201.420.632.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 1-1)7.0
    R. Brasier (H, 1)1.0
    M. Barnes1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 82-47, E. Phillips 25-15, P. Fry 15-13, J. Lucas 11-9, M. Castro 6-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 6-5, E. Phillips 1-0, P. Fry 3-0, J. Lucas 0-1, M. Castro 0-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Means 20, E. Phillips 5, P. Fry 4, J. Lucas 3, M. Castro 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 92-64, R. Brasier 19-11, M. Barnes 24-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 3-5, R. Brasier 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, R. Brasier 5, M. Barnes 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BAL6-10
    000000000051
    BOS6-10
    00010003X471
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar 2B-SS40100011.299.338.493.8310.5
    J. Rickard RF30000011.175.267.325.592-1.5
    b- D. Smith PH-LF10000002.259.317.414.7310.0
    T. Mancini LF-RF30100111.339.400.7101.1102.5
    R. Nunez DH40100022.264.316.396.7120.0
    H. Alberto 3B-2B40100002.282.300.308.6081.0
    J. Sucre C40000004.184.225.211.4360.0
    C. Davis 1B40000023.071.170.119.289-1.0
    R. Martin SS20100010.167.250.250.5001.5
    a- R. Ruiz PH-3B00000100.220.340.341.6811.0
    C. Mullins CF30000022.122.245.220.464-1.0
    Total32050021018-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Villar 2B-SS4
    J. Rickard RF3
    b- D. Smith PH-LF1
    T. Mancini LF-RF3
    R. Nunez DH4
    H. Alberto 3B-2B4
    J. Sucre C4
    C. Davis 1B4
    R. Martin SS2
    a- R. Ruiz PH-3B0
    C. Mullins CF3
    Total32
    • a-walked for Martin in the 8th
    • b-lined out for Rickard in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF20100010.293.364.448.8121.5
    B. Swihart LF20000010.250.308.417.724-0.5
    M. Betts CF41100001.233.329.433.7622.0
    S. Pearce 1B31100021.154.214.154.3682.0
    J. Martinez RF31200011.333.412.550.9624.5
    X. Bogaerts SS31241011.308.413.519.9329.5
    D. Pedroia DH40000014.133.188.133.321-0.5
    E. Nunez 2B30000114.184.205.211.4160.5
    R. Devers 3B30000002.246.328.298.6260.0
    C. Vazquez C30000010.211.250.447.697-0.5
    Total3047411914-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini (5), R. Martin
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rickard (2), D. Smith (4), J. Sucre (4), C. Davis 2 (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (4), J. Martinez (4)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts (2)
      • SF - X. Bogaerts
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts (5), E. Nunez 2 (4), R. Devers (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Rickard (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Martin
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (L, 1-2)5.04111301.981.245.5
      E. Phillips1.00000303.601.204.5
      P. Fry1.01110103.521.041.5
      J. Lucas0.12220117.711.71-3.5
      M. Castro0.200001010.571.700.5
      Total8.0744191---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (L, 1-2)5.0
      E. Phillips1.0
      P. Fry1.0
      J. Lucas0.1
      M. Castro0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 1-1)7.03000703.790.9531.5
      R. Brasier (H, 1)1.01001101.170.911.5
      M. Barnes1.01001201.420.632.0
      Total9.05002100---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 1-1)7.0
      R. Brasier (H, 1)1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 82-47, E. Phillips 25-15, P. Fry 15-13, J. Lucas 11-9, M. Castro 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 6-5, E. Phillips 1-0, P. Fry 3-0, J. Lucas 0-1, M. Castro 0-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 20, E. Phillips 5, P. Fry 4, J. Lucas 3, M. Castro 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 92-64, R. Brasier 19-11, M. Barnes 24-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 3-5, R. Brasier 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, R. Brasier 5, M. Barnes 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Bogaerts homered to center, Betts and Martinez scored04
      • 4TH INNING
        Bogaerts hit sacrifice fly to center, Pearce scored, Martinez to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Ryan Brasier
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alberto singled to right, Mancini to second
        • J. Sucre: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Sucre grounded out to third, Mancini to third, Alberto to second
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Brasier relieved David Price
        • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Rio Ruiz hit for Richie Martin
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked
        • C. Mullins: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mullins flied out to deep center
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Villar singled to center, Ruiz to third
        • Dwight Smith hit for Joey Rickard
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Smith lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts singled to center
        • Josh Lucas relieved Paul Fry
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Martinez singled to deep left, Betts to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts homered to center, Betts and Martinez scored
        • Miguel Castro relieved Josh Lucas
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Mancini doubled to deep left
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez flied out to center
        • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Ball, Alberto grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Sucre: Sucre popped out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Paul Fry relieved Evan Phillips
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to first
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to second
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Martin doubled to left center
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mullins struck out looking
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Rickard lined out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Evan Phillips relieved John Means
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pearce hit by pitch
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pedroia safe at first on shortstop Martin throwing error, Pearce to third, Pedroia to second
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alberto flied out to shallow right
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre fouled out to first
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Vazquez flied out to deep left
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Swihart grounded out to third
        • M. Betts: Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Blake Swihart in left field
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers throwing error, Rickard to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Rickard caught stealing third, catcher to third, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce singled to right
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez doubled to deep left, Pearce to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts hit sacrifice fly to center, Pearce scored, Martinez to third
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Martinez out at home, Pedroia to second
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Martin struck out on foul tip
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Villar lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers popped out to shortstop
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep left
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Betts flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez singled to deep left
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Alberto flied out to right
        • J. Sucre: Foul, Foul, Sucre flied out to right
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez hit by pitch
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts singled to shallow right, Martinez to third
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia flied out to right
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to second, Bogaerts out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Villar fouled out to first
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • David Price pitching
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to pitcher
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)