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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A trio of rehabbing Red Sox dotted the PawSox roster on a star-studded Friday night, but the Buffalo Bisons earned a 7-5 walk-off win over Pawtucket in 13 innings at Coca-Cola Field in front of a crowd of 12,380.
Down to their final strike in the ninth, the PawSox (15-22) tied the game to force extras and endured a 19-minute delay when the lights went out at the ballpark in the 11th inning, only to suffer their ninth consecutive loss when Buffalo (21-16) won the opener with a two-run home run from first baseman Rowdy Tellez.
Hours earlier, Red Sox starter and former Cy Young Award winner David Price (left elbow strain) made his first rehab start. The five-time American League All-Star worked two innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits and one walk, while piling up four strikeouts. Price threw 65 pitches with 41 for strikes (including seven swings and misses).
“Felt really good,” Price said to reporters in Buffalo. “First time getting back out there and competing in something. That’s why you do it. That’s not the way I drew it up obviously. But to be able to go out there and throw 30-plus pitches in both of those innings and still feel the way I felt after walking off the mound in that second inning, it was good.”
Price’s night began on a laborious tone when Buffalo leadoff man Jake Elmore fouled off 11 pitches before doubling on the 15th pitch of the at-bat. From there, Price struck out the next three batters he faced, including former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, leaning heavily on the fastball.
Buffalo catcher Raffy Lopez started the bottom of the second by lifting an opposite-field home run to left field to make it 1-0. After inducing a flyout, Price then allowed an infield single to first, as neither Sam Travis nor Price got to the bag, prolonging the frame. The Bisons added a single and a walk, and Elmore ripped a two-run base knock. Price finished his evening by getting a pop-up to short and his fourth strikeout.
“I felt great in both innings,” Price said. “Every pitch I threw, I felt good. My entire body felt good. Not just my arm. It happens. It’s not the way I envisioned today going. But I can still take that positive and throwing all those pitches in those two innings and still feeling good walking off the mound in the second.”
In the first game of his rehab assignment, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) batted cleanup and served as the designated hitter. In his three scheduled at-bats, Sandoval popped out to second, lined out to left and grounded out sharply to third.
“It feels good hitting,” Sandoval said. “Batting is not the problem. The test is gonna be in the field.”
Red Sox INF/OF Brock Holt (vertigo) batted third and played his scheduled nine innings in left field. Holt, in the 12th game of his rehab assignment, went 1-for-4 with a walk, single and run scored.
A game that started with one of baseball’s very best pitchers on the mound ended with a 5-foot-9 second baseman and a 27-year old right fielder pitching in extras. In his first professional pitching appearance, PawSox second baseman Mike Miller (L, 0-1) worked scoreless 11th and 12th innings, stranding four, before he allowed the walk-off shot to Tellez. Bisons outfielder Ian Parmley (W, 1-0) stranded a pair in the 12th and spun a 1-2-3 13th inning.
Buffalo starter Mat Latos yielded two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six stanzas.
Down 3-0 after Price’s departure, the PawSox cut into the deficit in the fourth, stringing together three consecutive singles. With the bases loaded, Travis scored from third on catcher Dan Butler’s fly ball to right. Miller then reeled in shortstop Ryan Court with a sacrifice fly to center, making it 3-2.
Buffalo responded with a sacrifice fly of its own in the bottom of the sixth to restore a 4-2 lead.
The PawSox loaded the bases in the seventh, and right fielder Aneury Tavarez scored on an RBI fielder’s choice from Travis, slicing the gap to 4-3. Court then coaxed a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, 4-4.
In the bottom of the eighth, Buffalo placed runners at second and third with two outs, and Elmore delivered an RBI single to left field, pushing the Bisons ahead 5-4.
With runners at first and second and Pawtucket down to its final strike in the ninth, third baseman Matt Dominguez rolled an RBI single up the middle and scored Allen Craig, as the throw to the plate eluded Lopez. Dominguez also tied Thursday’s game in the ninth with a grand slam.
Four innings later, however, Tellez ended the 4.5-hour affair.
The PawSox continue their seven-game road trip against Buffalo on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field. PawSox left-hander Brian Johnson (2-0, 2.92) is scheduled to oppose Bisons righty Jarrett Grube (2-2, 5.75). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with PawSox Insider at 11:35 a.m.
The PawSox return home May 23-29 (Tuesday-Monday).