Friday, June 15, 2018

Xander Bogaerts Goes Yard, David Price Shines, Sox Edge-Out Mariners, 2-1

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Xander Bogaerts started his night on the down-side—striking out twice against Felix Hernandez. Then, in the sixth, The X-Man launched a fastball from "The King" over the center-field fence to break a 1-1 tie and provide the margin of victory in Boston's 2-1 win. Bogaerts also turned in two stellar defensive plays. The first Red Sox run was driven in on a sharp double to right by Jackie Bradley, Jr.—scoring Rafael Devers. David Price was once again spectacular—going seven solid innings, walking none, striking out seven and allowing just one earned run. It was Price's eighth win of the year and lowered his ERA to 3.76. The lefty has been almost untouchable since his bout with carpel tunnel syndrome.  Bogaerts, Devers, J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez all had multiple-hit games in Boston's nine-hit attack. Craig Kimbrel came on in the ninth for another "cardiac" close—his 22nd save of the year. The Carmine Hose maintained their one-game edge on The Evil Ones in the AL East.