On Wednesday night, in a pivotal contest on the road at Fenway Park, the Tampa Bay Rays got a dominant performance from starting pitcher David Price and it keyed a victory that shrunk the Boston Red Sox‘s AL East lead back down to a half game.
The two sides will meet again on Thursday evening, as Tampa Bay will get their second opportunity of this four-game series to overtake Boston for first place in the division. With the victory on Wednesday, the Rays have now won 19 of their past 22 games overall and will look to cap off the series by entering the final weekend of July with one of the more dominant months of any team in baseball this season.
In the victory on Wednesday however, Price was simply stellar, silencing a Boston lineup that ranks near the top in many statistical categories this season. A home run from Mike Napoli was the only blemish during Price’s near shutout of the Red Sox. In all, Price allowed only the one run on just five hits, but his pitch count was by far the most impressive number of the night. Price went the complete game on Wednesday night on just 97 total pitches. He was able to not only roll through the Boston lineup, but he did so in a timely and efficient manner.
Tampa Bay’s current stretch has already made them the hottest team in baseball and with pitching performances like the one from Price on Wednesday, it’s obvious how they’ve been so productive here in July.
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