ST. PETERSBURG — OF Brandon Guyer didn't need long to remind the Rays of what they were missing while he was on the DL for 3½ weeks with a left hamstring strain.
Guyer homered on the second pitch he saw from ex-mate David Price and doubled in a run in the three-run third in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Boston.
"Just happy to help the team win," Guyer said. "It's good to be back with the guys."
Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays were debating whether to activate Guyer for the matinee after he played his third rehab game Tuesday night in Port Charlotte, then wrestling with putting him in the lineup.
"How about that? That was pretty impressive," Cash said. "We were contemplating whether to do it or not. That just shows how smart I am."
Guyer's performance was part of a big Wednesday for the family as his wife, Lindsay, later hosted the annual Rays on the Runway fashion show benefitting the Children's Dream Fund.
PRICE CHECK: Allowing four runs on nine hits over 61/3 innings, Price lost his third in three trips to the Trop as a visitor since his July 2014 trade to Detroit. He is 1-3, 6.52 overall against the Rays.
More concerning to the Red Sox was that it was the sixth time in his past seven games without a win.
Price, as usual, was very accountable, a lesson to the Rays' and other young pitchers. "I'm so much better than this," he said. "Just trying to get better, man. It's crushing me right now, but I'll get there. … I've got to pitch better. It's nothing else. It's not bad luck. It's me. I've got to get better."
PEN WORK: With their first lead to protect without injured RH closer Alex Colome, the Rays used RHP Erasmo Ramirez in the eighth and LHP Xavier Cedeno in the ninth. Cash said that sequencing was a product of the Boston lineup, and they will continue to mix and match as needed.
NUMBERS GAME: The Rays ended their ignominious streak of allowing five or more runs at 13 games. … The Rays shut out the Red Sox, who lead the AL in average and runs, for the second time this season; Boston has been blanked once in its other 76 games. … It was the Rays' fifth shutout overall. … 3B Evan Longoria snapped an eight-game RBI-less streak.
NOT SEEING RED: Cash acknowledged the spirited kids camp day crowd of 24,100: "The energy in the crowd was pretty cool. With all the kids out there was pretty cool. It drowned out some of those other fans."
MEDICAL MATTERS: OF Oswaldo Arcia was a late scratch from the lineup due to what Cash called flu-like symptoms. … DH/OF Corey Dickerson said the sore left thumb that has sidelined him for four games is better, and he hopes to be back in the lineup tonight, Cash willing. … RHPs Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgeries) are slated to throw live batting practice today. OF Steven Souza Jr. (hip strain) may hit against them as a prelude to starting a rehab assignment.
GOOD DEEDS: Longoria today will be at the main St. Petersburg library as part of the "Reading with the Rays" program. … Spanish broadcaster Enrique Oliu is headed to Nicaragua to receive the Alexis Arguello Sport Award, usually given to an athlete, for his excellence in broadcasting and representing the lifestyle. … The Rays hosted 96-year-old fan Oleda Wickersheim.
MISCELLANY: With Arcia out, Nick Franklin made his first career start in leftfield (which Cash said he may do more of). … Taylor Motter made his first appearance at first base, with Logan Morrison out of the lineup. … Cash said if OF Jaff Decker, who was DFA'd to make room for Guyer, clears waivers, the Rays would be pleased to have him back at Triple-A Durham. … Motter is the only active big-leaguer from Coastal Carolina, which played Wednesday night in the College World Series championship game. … The Dodgers reportedly have interest in RHP Erasmo Ramirez as a starter, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.