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Price, Fuld lead Rays back into first place

by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE
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David Price pitched into the eighth inning, and Sam Fuld's throw to the plate gunned down the potential tying run in the eighth inning to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win over Boston Monday at Fenway Park, leapfrogging the Red Sox back in to first place in the American League East.

Tampa Bay opened the scoring in the fourth inning, as Yunel Escobar singled with one out, moved to third on a single by Jose Molina two batters later, and scored on a double by Sean Rodriguez

The Rays added a second run in the fifth as Evan Longoria doubled into the triangle, moved to third on a single by Ben Zobrist and scored on a fielder's choice by Myers.

Price (6-5) allowed just a leadoff double by Ortiz until the sixth, when Brandon Snyder hit a one-out solo home run off the pole in right field to cut the lead in half.

The rains came in the eighth, forcing a stoppage for 39 minutes, and when Price returned he struck out Jonny Gomes to start the inning, but was removed in favor of Joel Peralta. Peralta gave up a doubles to Ryan Lavarnway and Stephen Drew, though the Boston catcher was only able to advance to third base on the second double. Snyder then lifted a fly ball to Sam Fuld in left, and the throw home got pinch-runner Daniel Nava to end the rally.

Fernando Rodney allowed a leadoff single to Jacoby Ellsbury, but got Shane Victorino to pop out and Dustin Pedroia to ground out, and after intentionally walking David Ortiz, Mike Napoli struck out on a 3-2 changeup with Ellsbury and pinch-runner Jose Iglesias in scoring position to end the game.

Tampa Bay will finally return home after this road trip to start a quick two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Roberto Hernandez (5-11, 4.92 ERA) will get the start against Ian Kennedy (3-7, 5.22 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:00 on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch. First pitch is set for 7:10.

 

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