American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Boston|
(Tuesday, September 25th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jeff Keppinger staked David Price to an early
lead, and the Cy Young candidate did the rest to pick up his American League-
tying 19th win.
Price struck out 13 in his second complete game of the season and Keppinger
smacked a three-run homer in the second inning as the Tampa Bay Rays downed
the Boston Red Sox, 5-2, in the opener of a brief two-game set.
With his 13 punchouts, Price (19-5) and fellow starter James Shields became
only the seventh set of teammates in MLB history to tally 200 strikeouts in
The lanky left-hander surrendered two runs, scattered seven hits and walked
none for the Rays, who have won six straight games but still sit three games
behind the Oakland Athletics for the final AL wild card spot.
"He could win the Cy Young ... great durability, great competitor," Red Sox
manager Bobby Valentine said of Price.
Clay Buchholz (11-7) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and two
walks for Boston
The Rays opened the scoring with a three-run second.
Evan Longoria and Luke Scott worked consecutive walks to start the second
frame before Keppinger banged a three-run shot over the Green Monster and
off the light stanchion in left field.
"For the first time in a long time (Buchholz) walked two guys," said
Valentine. "He just didn't have a good feel for any of his pitches and then he
threw on down the middle to put us down 3-0. Other than that he was really
Boston, though, plated a run in the second and third to make it a one-run
Danny Valencia ripped a two-out RBI single to center field in the second, and
with runners on second and third and two down in the third, a Price balk
allowed Daniel Nava to come home, which made it 3-2.
The Rays got both runs back in the sixth when Jose Molina belted a two-out,
RBI single to left field. A fielding error by Nava on the play allowed Carlos
Pena to score and extend the advantage to 5-2.
Price and Shields joined the Los Angeles Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and Don
Drysdale (1962-65), the Arizona Diamondbacks' Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson
(2001-02), the California Angels' Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana (1976-77), the
Philadelphia Athletics' Eddie Plank and Rube Wadell (1904-05), the Cleveland
Indians' Luis Tiant and Sam McDowell (1967-68) and the Detroit Tigers' Mickey
Lolich and Joe Coleman (1971-73) ... The Angels' Jered Weaver also has 19 wins
... The Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez leads MLB with 20 victories.
09/26 03:01:11 ET