Friday, March 30, 2018

David Price Dazzles In Debut, Rafael Devers Delivers In Red Sox 1-0 Win

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Finally, the Red Sox are a .500 ball-club. Boston put Thursday's devastating loss in the rear-view mirror with a beautifully-pitched 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. David Price went a long way toward putting his whole 2017 season in the rear-view with seven dominating innings. The big lefty gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out five. Alex Cora—who won his first game as a major-league manager—gave the eighth inning to Matt Barnes tonight, who struck out one in a scoreless inning. Craig Kimbrel was his usual un-hittable self, striking out the side on upper-nineties fastballs for his first save in the ninth inning. The offense was keyed by Xander "Bogie-Two-Bags" Bogaerts who got his third and fourth doubles of the young season and Rafael Devers (an RBI single off a lefty). Hanley Ramirez also chipped in with another two hits. This was a needed win, getting the Opening Day monkey off the team's back and giving Cora the confidence he needs to make the right moves.