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.