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Price snaps 3-start losing streak as Red Sox beat Jays

Price snaps 3-start losing streak as Red Sox beat Jays

David Price didn't show much rust in his return from a sore wrist. The 25-year-old also came up the next inning and scored a run after leading the frame with a single.

Allowing two runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings during a 5-2 victory should ease the pressure, at least temporarily.

Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Mookie Betts had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their past 17 north of the border.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora liked what he saw from Price. "Probably he's not happy with the outing, but for me, changing speeds, using the breaking ball, using elevated fastballs that was good to see". "He competed. That's all we want from him".

Price's numbers over the years against Toronto have been rather gaudy.

Price came in 0-3 in his previous three outings but avoided the first four-start skid of his career.

"Nothing felt good coming out of my hand", Pomeranz said.

The weird sensations in his wrist and hands have made it hard for him to spin a breaking ball at times, but he looked confident in the pitch against the Jays. Long before a bout of carpal tunnel syndrome forced him to skip a start against the New York Yankees this week and made his gaming habits a Beantown focal point, there were controversies over his performance, his comments on how the city's fans didn't care what type of person he was as long as he pitched well, his angry jousting with media, and a heated feud with NESN broadcaster and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.

"That's big, just to have that velocity separation, to be able to throw it 0-0 and get that strike", Price said.

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Price showed no signs of physical discomfort during his outing, topping out at 95 miles per hour on the radar gun and making a concerted effort to change speeds.

"My fingernail, the way I throw the curveball, I kind of use the top part of my finger and my fingernail split down the middle and it was like a little sliver that was pulling on the skin", Pomeranz said after the start.

The Red Sox got all the runs they needed in the third inning. "So to be able throw that, get them off the other stuff and change eyesights is always key". He got five strikes on it with just one hit allowed. "Then it helps you to set up the other pitches".

But that only made the walk-off homer he hit hours later feel even sweeter. Betts doubled down the line, Benintendi slashed a changeup to the gap for another double and Ramirez nailed a fastball into the home bullpen.

15-7 in their last 22 road games.

"It's fantastic, he's pretty good", Maile said of Sale.

Price issued two of his three walks in the fourth, putting himself in trouble. Justin Smoak went 1 for 3 with a solo home run while Anthony Alford added his first RBI of the season to cap off the scoring for the Jays in the loss. It was one of six strikeouts for Price, three apiece on the fastball and cut-fastball. "To me, that's always a good sign".

Estrada kept things there until the sixth when a Xander Bogaerts double and Rafael Devers single opened up a 4-1 edge. Hector Velazquez benefited from a 6-4-3 double play after a leadoff single in the seventh, Joe Kelly fanned the side in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 11th save.


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