For two guys who said they didn't make much of matching up, they sure dueled like they did in Boston's 4-1 victory that was decided after they left.
Chris Archer, the Rays current top starter, worked six impressive innings, allowing one run and four hits, walking three and striking out six, throwing 95 pitches (57 strikes).
David Price, the Rays former ace and current Red Sox, worked six equally impressive innings, allowing one run and three hits, walking three and striking out nine, throwing 90 pitches (56 strikes).
"I felt like I had pretty good stuff and we played great defense for the most part," Archer said. "Price was just as good and their bullpen is really good. Our margin for error is very small. … I threw well, but not well enough."
Price said pitching against Archer and his ex-mates was fun, but pitching well was better.
"It doesn't matter if you know them or not," he said. In those types of games where it's going kind of fast and you need to stay in a rhythm, it's fun to be a part of. … Especially when you come out on top like we did
This was the third time the two close friends matched up. Price prevailed in a September 2015 game in Toronto, they both also took no-decisions in a game last July.
Archer, who showed his changeup early in striking out leadoff man Mookie Betts, did beat Price in one category: He made his 171st career start, moving past Price for second place on the Rays all-time list behind James Shields' 217.
* RHP Alex Colome earned his fifth loss, most in the majors for any reliever, and matching his career high. The three runs (only one earned) were a season high.
* C.J. Cron snapped an 0-for-11 streak and tied Denard Span for the team RBI lead at 28 with his sixth-inning double.
* LHP Jose Alvarado averaged 97.8 on his 19 fastballs.
* Wednesday's "crowd" of 10,194, going up against the Lightning's Game 7, was third lowest for a Red Sox game at the Trop. The usually popular Sox attracted 10,058 on April 2, 2003 and 10,149 on Sept. 12, 2002.