Price shines, Red Sox beat Rays to move into 1st place tie

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe throws out Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia at first during the first inning Monday. AP Photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – David Price limited his old team to two hits in eight scoreless innings, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night to move into a tie for first place in the AL East.

Price (12-8) walked two, struck out eight and didn’t allow a runner past first base while extending Tampa Bay’s scoring drought against Boston to 25 innings dating to a series at Fenway Park before the All-Star break. Evan Longoria stopped the streak with a two-run homer off Matt Barnes in the ninth.

Blake Snell (4-6) allowed two runs and needed 94 pitches to get through 3 2/3 innings.

The victory was the ninth in 11 games for the Red Sox and lifted them into a tie with Toronto, which was idle Monday.

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