NEW YORK — So far, the price has been exorbitant.
Unable to put away the biggest batters of the game, former Rays ace David Price was chased in the fifth inning Saturday as the Yankees beat the Red Sox and their struggling left-hander 8-2.
Price, who signed a $217 million contract in the offseason, has seen his velocity decline, and he has a 6.75 ERA through seven starts for Boston.
"I feel like the more velocity that you have, the more mistakes that you can get away with. Right now I'm not getting away with mistakes — or good pitches, for that matter," Price said. "It's been tough, for sure. But I know things are going to turn around."
Didi Gregorius hit a three-run double and Carlos Beltran a two-run double for the Yankees, who have won three of four after a six-game slide.
Gregorius broke a tie at 1 in the fourth when he reached down and hooked Price's 0-and-2 pitch into the rightfield corner. Beltran's double to left, also on a two-strike pitch with two outs, made it 6-2 in the fifth and ended Price's afternoon.
"It's not like there's a glaring deficiency or flaw in his delivery. It's more the finishing action of the pitch," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, adding that Price is healthy. "Right now, we're examining everything."