Price was expected to throw 90 pitches, but due to his struggles in the first two frames, he was lifted after just 65.
LF Khris Davis hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo blast in the first inning of Oakland’s 8-3 victory against Boston on Thursday night. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked two before being relieved of duty after five innings of work. “I think that’s a neat thing to say for sure”.
“To be able to go out there and throw 30-plus pitches in both innings and feel the way I felt in the second inning, it’s great”, he said.
He left his last start in Texas with a lead in tact after allowing two runs over six innings, but the bullpen couldn’t hold on to it.
Price is attempting to return from a spring training elbow injury that initially looked like it could be season-ending.
The only other pitcher in history with eight straight double-digit strikeout games is Pedro Martinez, who did it in his final eight starts for Boston in 1999.
Taking the mound with the lead in the second inning after a rough start to the game was just what Sonny Gray needed to get back on track. He stranded him there by striking out the side. Lowrie launched Velazquez’s 3-2 curveball over the center-field fence for a two-run homer with one out, his fifth shot of the season.
“It felt really good, the first time getting out there and competing at something”, Price said. Price bore down to strike out the next three batters on 15 pitches.
The A’s ace showcased devastating stuff at times Thursday while shaking off a tough first inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 in the first game back at the Coliseum following a 1-5 road trip.
Healy – who has seven home runs – blasted a line drive to straight away center field off closer Craig Kimbrel. Aside from Price, the Red Sox’s rotation includes last year’s AL Cy Young victor Rick Porcello (2-5) and they added Chris Sale (4-2).
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, out since April 23 with a sprained right knee, was also in the Pawtucket lineup on a minor league rehab assignment. “First day after missing a month, I’m happy to be back”. “I want to help my team”.