Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

David Price shines, Blake Snell struggles as Rays lose to Red Sox (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — In another time, George Hendrick would have approached David Price after a start like the one he had Monday with the line he used when a Rays pitcher pitched well: "Only two players could have hit you tonight. Babe Ruth and me."

Those were the days.

Now Price is with his third team since being traded away in July 2014, and Hendrick, the Rays' former first-base coach, is retired.

The 4.00 ERA is high for Price, and his 12-8 won-loss record is not what some in Boston expected when he signed his mega deal last offseason, but he proved Monday he can still be David Price.

The former ace of the Rays staff shut down his old team, holding the Rays to a pair of singles and two walks over eight scoreless innings in the Red Sox's 6-2 victory at Tropicana Field.

Evan Longoria's two-run homer in the ninth inning off reliever Matt Barnes prevented the Rays (52-73) from being shut out.

"(Price) was good, no doubt," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We had some success against him in the past. You could tell he was mixing his pitches well and keeping a lot of balls off the barrel and threw a good ballgame, and they made some nice plays behind him."

Price won for the first time at the Trop while pitching as a visitor, having lost his first three starts. He retired the first nine batters he faced, pitched to only three batters over the minimum and did not allow a runner to reach second base.

"It felt good for sure," Price said. "Made some good pitches. It's a tough team for me to pitch against here or on the road."

The game was a matchup of lefties from the Rays' past (Price) and their future, rookie Blake Snell.

Snell struggled against the AL wild card-leading Red Sox (70-54) and their patient and deep lineup.

"I was bad," he said.

Snell, making his 13th big-league start, failed to finish the fourth inning for the second time in his past three outings. He walked a career-high five, including three during a 40-pitch fourth inning. He was fortunate to escape with only two runs allowed.

When asked what he struggled with, Snell said, "Command, attacking, getting ahead. A whole lot. It's something I need to learn that, learn from, get better. I take it step by step and keep pushing forward."

Command has been the biggest culprit for Snell. He has walked 13 batters over his past 101/3 innings, a stretch that began with his four-walk night in Toronto two starts earlier when he lasted just 12/3 innings.

"Blake just kind of struggled to find the zone again, drove his pitch count up," Cash said.

"He did some good things, getting ahead of hitters. It just seemed like there were too many bullets wasted driving the pitch count up leading to too many walks. When you walk this team, you're going to make it difficult to win a ballgame, because they're so deep offensively."

David Price shines, Blake Snell struggles as Rays lose to Red Sox (w/video) 08/22/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:43am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Why a true freshman quarterback doesn't kill FSU's title hopes


    Florida State's James Blackman will make history Saturday when the No. 12 Seminoles host North Carolina State in their first game after Hurricane Irma.

    Florida State quarterback James Blackman warms up before a game against Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. When Florida State's Deandre Francois, Georgia's Jacob Eason and Texas A&M's Nick Starkel all got hurt in their respective season openers, true freshmen ended up taking over the rest of the way.  (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  2. Cue the Scott Frost to Nebraska speculation


    Nebraska shook up the college sports world Thursday afternoon when it fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

    And that should scare UCF fans.

  3. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead


    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  4. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated


    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  5. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person



    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.