Dice K And Sox Hammered By Rays

Rays 5 HRs, Price's pitching beat Red Sox 14-5

By HOWARD ULMAN

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays hit five home runs to support

David Price's strong six-inning performance and beat the Boston Red

Sox 14-5 on Tuesday night to gain a game in the AL East race.

The Rays broke a three-game losing streak and cut the Yankees'

division lead to 1½ games. New York lost 6-2 to Baltimore.

Price (17-6) gave up two runs before retiring a batter but

allowed just two more hits, both by Victor Martinez. Boston's 2-0

lead held up until Ben Zobrist's two-run homer in the third off

Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-5).

The Rays added two homers in the fifth, a two-run shot by Jason

Bartlett and a three-run drive by Evan Longoria, then got

back-to-back homers in the sixth from Dan Johnson and B.J. Upton.

Boston had not allowed a homer in its previous six games.

 

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