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Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

If David Price had pitched like this...or even close to this...all season....

The Red Sox left hander held the Rays to just two hits over eight innings as Boston beat Tampa Bay 6-2 at the Trop.

The win, combined with Toronto being idle, moved the Sox into a tie for first place in the American League East.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
Price (pictured) struck out eight and walked just two as his ERA dropped to 4.00.  It was his third straight strong start.

Boston scored twice in the top of the fourth inning on a Chris Young RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Benintendi.

The Sox increased the lead to 3-0 on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez in the seventh. Xander Bogaerts made it 5-0 in the ninth inning driving in Dustin Pedroia with his fifteenth home run of the season. Sandy Leon drove in the final run with a ground out.

David Ortiz and Bogaerts led Boston with a pair of hits. Ortiz ripped his 40th double of the season. It was the 624th two-bagger of his career, tying him with Hank Aaron for 10th on the all-time list.

Young had a productive night in his first game back off the disabled list with the double and two walks. He also made a nice running catch in left field.

Benintendi started the game in center and moved to left in the bottom of the eighth. He made a spectacular catch in the eighth robbing Steven Souza Jr. of a two-run homer.

Matt Barnes closed the game out in the ninth inning, allowing a two-run homer to Evan Longoria.

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Jim Monaghan 8/22/2016 10:24:00 PM Edit
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