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  • 18 Mar
    导出博客文章ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox pulled out of an offensive funk to
    help Jon Lester stay unbeaten. Lester pitched seven solid innings and Stephen
    Drew hit his second career grand slam during an eight-run third inning that
    keyed a 9-2 victory over AL Cy Young winner David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays
    on Wednesday night. "Its bound to turn around," Drew said after the Red Sox won
    for just the third time in their last 12 games. "We know the past couple games
    havent been too good with runners in scoring position, so tonight was a great
    night to have and hopefully we can keep it going." Price (1-4) departed from the
    marquee pitching matchup because of a left triceps strain during Bostons
    eight-run third inning, which Drew finished with his towering homer off Jamey
    Wright. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Price had a MRI and that the injury doesnt
    appear to be serious. Price said he hasnt ruled out the possibility of making
    his next scheduled start on Monday, although Maddon said thats unlikely. "Its
    just something I take pride in, being available every fifth day and being out
    there for my team," Price said. "I dont know how thats looking right now, but
    Ill just get re-evaluated (Thursday). The biggest thing is going to be how I
    feel. Hopefully I can come in and play catch. Thats what I have on my mind right
    now, so well see." Coming off a one-hit, complete game shutout of Toronto,
    Lester (6-0) allowed two runs and eight hits to help end the Rays season-high
    six-game winning streak. The Red Sox, meanwhile, stopped a three-game losing
    streak thats been part of a May slide. They are 5-9 this month after going a
    major league-best 18-8 in April. "We havent been scoring a bunch of runs lately
    and (the 8-run inning) takes a lot of pressure off so I could just go out and
    execute pitches," Lester said. "We broke out with eight runs in the one inning,
    and it gave Jon a cushion to pitch," Boston manager John Farrell said. "It goes
    back to us controlling the strike zone, putting up quality at-bats," Farrell
    added. "When were right and were clicking offensively, thats when we grind deep
    into each at-bat, and I thought we did that multiple times tonight. ... We had a
    good offensive approach." Price left with one out in the third inning after
    giving up an RBI single to David Ortiz. The left-hander walked toward the plate
    after delivering the pitch to the Red Sox designated hitter and appeared to
    grimace. Maddon, pitching coach Jim Hickey, a team trainer and the entire Rays
    infield joined Price on the mound. Price walked off the field after a brief
    consultation and was replaced by Wright. "I didnt see exactly when it happened.
    I saw him motion to come on out to the mound," Maddon said, adding that he wasnt
    sure if Price was injured on his final pitch to Ortiz or earlier in the inning.
    "We had him checked out, had the MRI done," the manager said. "Nothing seems to
    be serious, but well make a better call (Thursday)." A 20-game winner last year,
    Price has struggled this season. Tampa Bay has lost seven of his nine starts,
    and Price uncharacteristically has given up eight leads over his last seven
    outings. The Rays ace has been bothered by allergies since before the start of
    spring training, but Price said this week hed never use that as an excuse for
    his performance. He gave up two-out doubles to Dustin Pedroia in the first and
    Will Middlebrooks in the second without allowing further damage. The Rays werent
    as fortunate in the third, when Price walked Drew and gave up a single to Jacoby
    Ellsbury to begin Bostons biggest inning of the season. Pedroias RBI single gave
    the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Ortizs opposite-field single that just eluded diving
    third baseman Evan Longoria made it 2-0. Mike Napoli doubled and Jonny Gomes
    singled off Wright to drive in the final two runs charged to Price, who allowed
    four runs and five hits in 2 1-3 innings. Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked with two
    outs to load the bases for Drew, who lifted a 1-1 pitch into the half-filled
    right-field stands at Tropicana Field. Pedroia has a seven-game hitting streak,
    and hes had multiple hits in six of those games. Middlebrooks hit a solo homer
    off Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth. Desmond Jennings tripled to drive in Tampa
    Bays first run, then scored when Ben Zobrist grounded out. NOTES: Price has not
    won at Tropicana Field since July 19, 2012, a stretch covering eight starts. ...
    Boston RHP Andrew Bailey (right biceps strain) felt fine one day after a bullpen
    session and will pitch in a simulated game Thursday. A decision on whether he
    will be activated from the 15-day disabled list or pitch in a minor league game
    will be made after the outing. ... Red Sox LHP Franklin Morales (lower back
    strain) is scheduled to make his fourth minor league appearance Saturday with
    Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Tampa Bays Alex Cobb (4-2) will start Thursday nights
    series finale, his first outing since striking out 13 in 4 2-3 innings against
    San Diego to become the first pitcher in major league history to fan that many
    batters in an appearance lasting fewer than five innings. The Red Sox will
    counter with LHP Felix Doubront (3-1).
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