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Rays find their backs to the wall after Game 2 loss

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Tampa Bay's David Price worked into the eighth inning, but gave up seven runs to Boston in a Game 2 loss.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

David Price had pitched well against Boston all year, but the Red Sox got to him when it mattered Saturday.

Price allowed two runs in the bottom of the first, and Boston kept pulling away for a 7-4 victory over the Rays in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Jacoby Ellsbury brought in the first run, as he singled to lead off the bottom of the first, stole second base, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia.  David Ortiz then followed with a solo home run for a 2-0 lead.

Delmon Young's sacrifice fly in the second cut the deficit in half, but back-to-back doubles by David Ross and Ellsbury in the third pushed the lead back to two runs.  An RBI fielder's choice by Pedroia later in the inning made it 4-1.

Stephen Drew added to the lead an inning later, tripling off the left field wall to score Jonny Gomes for a 5-1 lead.

The Rays got two runs back in the bottom of the inning, as James Loney lined a two-out double off the wall in left-center, scoring Yunel Escobar and David DeJesus.

Price one again could not get a shutdown inning though, as Ellsbury singled and scored all the way from first base on a double by Pedroia.

An RBI single by Escobar in the sixth once again cut the deficit to two runs, but Tampa Bay would get no closer, and Ortiz would blast another solo homer in the eighth off Price to set the score.

Tampa Bay now trails this best-of-five series two games to none.

The series now shifts to St. Petersburg for Game 3, where Alex Cobb will take on Clay Buchholz.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:07, with pregame coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 5:00 with th Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

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