David Price and the Red Sox cruised on Tuesday. (Greg M. Cooper-USA Today Sports)
Everything came in droves for the Red Sox Tuesday night — hits, runs, 1-2-3 innings, as they breezed through an 8-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies.
Wasting no time getting on the board, the Sox found themselves up 2-0 after four batters, with David Ortiz driving in Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts with one out in the first inning.
The haste did not just come with the scoring, either. Both Jackie Bradley Jr. (28) and Bogaerts (17) extended their respective hitting streaks in their first at-bat, while David Price struck out four of the first 12 batters he faced.
Price climbed to 7-1 and dropped his ERA from 5.53 to 5.34, giving up three runs and five hits while striking out six over seven innings.
The runs came in a variety of ways, from Mookie Betts’ second inning sacrifice fly to Christian Vazquez’s triple earlier that frame, to Chris Young’s single in the fourth.
The biggest defensive gaffe in Colorado’s one error effort led to a run, as Dustin Pedroia singled to right field in the eighth. However Carlos Gonzalez’s errant throw to third in an attempt to nab Betts went high and allowed him to score and move Pedroia to second.
Prior to the game, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski cited a comfort in the Junichi Tazawa- Koji Uehara- Craig Kimbrel back end of the bullpen with Carson Smith out for the year, and there was some validation in that during the game. Uehara came on in the eighth and struck out three straight after allowing a single to D.J. LaMahieu.
The two teams will get back at it Wednesday night at 7:10, with Steven Wright scheduled to take on Chad Bettis.
If an offensive “negative” could be found, it would be the lack of the home run for the Sox, snapping a 22-game streak of at least one long ball.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts extended their hitting streaks to 28 and 17 games, respectively. Bradley’s hit brings him halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s record of 56, and six away from the Red Sox record of 34 set by Dom DiMaggio in 1949.
— David Price struck out six, bringing his league-leading season total to 76, while walking just 15.
— David Ortiz continue to climb in the record books, tying Paul Waner for 12th all-time in doubles at 604 following his fourth-inning two-bagger. Ortiz drove in four and reached base three times.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Hanley Ramirez left the game after the bottom of the fourth with a right big toe contusion after being hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. He ran the bases the rest of the inning before being substituted out for Travis Shaw. The X-rays were negative.
— Chris Young dreadfully mistimed a dive in the second inning that enabled Gerardo Parra to triple and drive in Ryan Rayburn. Rayburn was initially called out at home after a laser cutoff throw from Xander Bogaerts, but the play was reviewed and overturned.
— Charlie Blackmon roped a home run off of David Price in the top of the third when Price hung a pitch right on the inside of the plate.