BOSTON — LHP David Price had better days at Fenway Park than the one he had Saturday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
Price became the third Rays pitcher to allow seven runs in a postseason start, joining James Shields (2011 at Texas) and Matt Moore on Friday in Game 1.
“I had some tough breaks,” Price said. “They hit some balls hard.”
Price allowed nine hits and those seven runs in seven innings. He left in the eighth inning after giving up a home run to DH David Ortiz. It was the second homer of the night for Ortiz and it sailed down the right-field line.
Ortiz also seemed to annoy Price after he hit the ball.
“He steps in the bucket and hits a homer and he stares at it to see if it’s fair or foul. I’m sure that’s what he’d say,” Price said. “As soon as he hit I knew it was fair. Run.”
Price entered the game 6-1 at Fenway with a 1.88 ERA in 10 career starts. He won twice during a six-game span in July, throwing a complete game in the first start and pitching 7 2/3 innings in the second. He allowed one run in each start.
He allowed two in the first inning alone Saturday. He also allowed three doubles and a triple to go with Ortiz’s two homers.
“There were some broken-bat singles and broken bat doubles and 305-foot fly balls go for doubles and triples,” Price said. “That’s part of pitching in this park. That’s something I’ve done extremely well but not (Saturday).”
Price allowed a career-high six hits to left-handed hitters.
Manager Joe Maddon said he let Price pitch into the eighth inning because he thought Price was getting better as the game moved along. But, Maddon said he pulled Price after Ortiz’s homer because he wanted him to be a little fresher if Price is needed to start again in the series should it go five games.
Myers vs. Joyce
Maddon decided to play RF Wil Myers over Matt Joyce despite Joyce’s success against RHP John Lackey, which includes a .333 batting average and two home runs in 18 career at-bats.
Myers had never faced Lackey.
But Maddon wanted Myers in right field, especially after his fielding gaffe in Game 1. With Delmon Young now the everyday designated hitter, there was no room for Joyce.
“That what the decision to make, was between him and Matt, for right now, today, Oct. 5,” Maddon said. “If it was like a month ago or six weeks ago, I might have done something differently.
“But just for today, I felt Delmon was the right guy to put out there.”
Myers was 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Lackey. Joyce entered the game in the sixth as a pinch-hitter for C Jose Molina and was set to face Lackey. But Red Sox manager John Farrell called for LHP Craig Breslow. Joyce, 1-for-7 lifetime against Breslow, flew out to center field. He struck out swinging in the ninth against closer Koji Uehara.
No one on the Rays was looking more forward to returning home after what turned into a 12-day, five-city road trip than OF Sam Fuld, who became a father for the third time five days into the journey.
Fuld’s wife, Sarah, gave birth to their second son, William, on Sept. 28. Fuld has seen the baby only on a computer screen and on his iPhone.
“Facetime is great and all, but I want to be able to hold him, and in weird way I want to change his diapers a couple of times before he gets old,” Fuld said. “I keep joking with people, he’s probably walking and talking already.”
William’s due date was today but he came eight days early. Fuld thought of traveling home on the two off days this week, but Sarah told him to stay with the team.
“Sarah gave me the thumps-up to stay with the team, and she meant it,” Fuld said.
In Game 1, the Red Sox became the eighth team in postseason history to score 12 runs and not hit a home run. … 2B Ben Zobrist’s nine-game postseason hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3. ... Uehara pitched a perfect ninth inning, throwing all 11 pitches for strikes.