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Rays pitcher David Price allowed just three hits, but took the loss Tuesday
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
David Price threw eight good innings, but Tampa Bay's bats were ice cold, giving the Boston Red Sox a 2-0 victory over the Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Price retired the first 12 Boston batters in a row before Mike Napoli's double opened the fifth inning. Jonny Gomes then singled to center, bringing in Napoli with the only run the Red Sox would need.
Daniel Nava moved Gomes to third base with a sacrifice bunt, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove a ball to deep centerfield where Desmond Jennings made a leaping grab at the wall, allowing Gomes to come home for a 2-0 lead.
That would be all the damage Price (8-8) would allow, as he threw a career-high 127 pitches in eight innings, allowing just three hits and no walks, striking out nine.
Tampa Bay had their opportunities to score, but was caught trying to steal twice and grounded into a pair of double plays to end rallies.
Clay Buchholz (10-0) combined with Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara for the four-hit shutout.
The loss drops Tampa Bay 8 1/2 games out of the division lead.
Tampa Bay will look to rebound Wednesday, when Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.99 ERA) takes on Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.79 ERA). First pitch is schewduled for 7:10, with pregame coverage starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.