Recap - the Price-Kimbrel Combo Blows One Up

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Well, that certainly didn't go as planned.

After making a number of roster changes over the winter, the Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park turned near funereal as the two bookends of the pitching staff - newcomers David Price and Craig Kimbrel - each served up 3-run home runs to Orioles hitters in a 9-7 Boston loss.

It's only one game...and it's only April...but the knee-jerk reaction is so much for the highly-touted ace and the supposedly lights-out closer.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox actually struck first, scoring three times in the bottom of the opening frame on four straight hits, including RBI singles by David Ortiz (pictured) and Xander Bogaerts, and a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez.

Price ran into trouble in a 5-run Oriole third inning highlighted by Mark Trumbo's first home run of the season.

Kimbrel walked two in the ninth inning before serving up a rocket by Chris Davis that snapped a 6-6 tie.

Mookie Betts led Boston with three hits, including his second home run of the year which came in the bottom of the ninth.

Dustin Pedroia, Ortiz and Blake Swihart each had two hits for the Red Sox.

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