Price re­turns from IL, beats Jays

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TORONTO — David Price re­turned to the Bos­ton Red Sox with an­other out­stand­ing per­for­mance against Toronto Blue Jays.

The 33year-old left­hander did not al­low any earned runs over five in­nings in a 12-2 rout Mon­day that im­proved his record against the Blue Jays to 22-3, in­clud­ing 13-1 in 18 starts at Toronto.

“I en­joy this mound,” he said. “It feels close to home plate, so it’s just one of the places I en­joy throw­ing.”

Price (2-2) had not pitched since May 2 due to Mets give Call­away vote of con­fi­dence; Ce­s­pedes breaks an­kle, B4

left el­bow ten­dini­tis. He al­lowed three hits, struck out four and walked none.

Toronto scored twice in the sec­ond to tie the game af­ter sec­ond base­man Michael Chavis al­lowed Billy McK­in­ney’s two-hop grounder to bounce out of his glove for an er­ror with one out. Richard Urena grounded out and Luke Maile, who had been 0 for 7 against Price in his ca­reer, drove a fast­ball over the wall in left-cen­ter for his sec­ond homer this year.

Price then re­tired his fi­nal 10 bat­ters.

“I felt bet­ter as the game went on,” he said. “The last cou­ple in­nings were more ef­fi­cient than the first two or three, so it was good.”

Man­ager Alex Cora re­moved Price af­ter just 67 pitches.

“Hasn’t pitched in a while, so just take care of him,” Cora. “Pitch count was low. The ef­fort was great. The last two in­nings ve­loc­ity-wise, lo­ca­tion-wise was fun to watch.”

Brandon Work­man, Heath Hem­bree, Ryan Brasier and Hec­tor Ve­lazquez com­bin­ing for hit­less relief.

Chavis, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xan­der Bo­gaerts and Rafael Dev­ers home­red for Bos­ton, which started a seven-day trip to Toronto and Hous­ton. The World Se­ries cham­pi­ons are 23-14 since a 2-8 start.

Bo­gaerts and Dev­ers hit con­sec­u­tive sec­ond-deck home runs in the ninth off Ryan Tepera, the third time the Red Sox have gone back-to-back this sea­son. Bo­gaerts and Dev­ers had three RBIs each.

Bo­gaerts hit a tiebreak­ing, two-run sin­gle in a four-run third that in­cluded Chavis’ ninth home run this sea­son, a two-run drive. Bradley’s two-run homer in the sixth against Elvis Lu­ciano boosted the lead to 8-2, Bradley’s first home run since Game 3 of the World Se­ries and his first in the reg­u­lar sea­son since last Sept. 20.

“You see a bit of a glimpse of what we’re ca­pa­ble of,” Chavis said. “I wouldn’t even say we’re hot yet, but things are

go­ing the right way, for sure, and be­ing part of those in­nings, it’s def­i­nitely some­thing fun.”

In his sec­ond start with the Blue Jays, Ed­win Jack­son (0-1) gave up six runs — five earned — and seven hits in five in­nings. Toronto is the record 14th big league team for the 35-yearold right-han­der.

Just one Toronto batter reached af­ter the sec­ond, Freddy Galvis with a lead­off walk in the sev­enth. Toronto is bat­ting a ma­jor league-low .218, and the Blue Jays gave up a sea­son­high 12 runs.

“The Red Sox are one of the best teams in base­ball,” Toronto man­ager Char­lie Mon­toyo said. “Early on in the game, we didn’t make a cou­ple of plays, and they took ad­van­tage. That’s what good teams do.”

TWO-SPORT STAR

Toronto for­ward Jozy Alti­dore threw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch. Alti­dore, an­nounced Mon­day to the United States’ 40man pre­lim­i­nary Gold Cup ros­ter, has not played for the Amer­i­cans since the Oc­to­ber 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago that ended a streak of seven straight World Cup ap­pear­ances for the U.S.

BASH­ING BOS­TON

Maile has hit four of his 10 ca­reer home runs against the Red Sox.

GUER­RERO

While many of the 26,794 on hand were dis­ap­pointed that Vladimir Guer­rero Jr. was not in the start­ing lineup owing to a sched­uled day off, the rookie ap­pre­ci­ates the time off, hav­ing missed most of spring train­ing with an oblique in­jury. “We’re just be­ing care­ful,” he said.

MOVES

Red Sox: C Os­car Her­nan­dez and RHP Josh Smith were op­tioned to Triple-A Paw­tucket af­ter Sun­day’s win over Hous­ton. C Sandy Leon was ac­ti­vated from pa­ter­nity leave and Price from the 10-day IL.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 2B Eric Sog­ard (sprained left thumb) was a late scratch from the start­ing. Urena moved to sec­ond and McK­in­ney re­placed Urena in left field. . Man­ager Char­lie Mon­toyo said RHP Ken Giles (wrist) was not avail­able. …. Af­ter a re­hab start for Triple-A Buf­falo on Satur­day, LHP Clayton Richard (knee) is likely to make his sea­son de­but on Thurs­day.

UP NEXT

LHP Ed­uardo Ro­driguez (4-2, 4.89), who takes the mound on Tues­day for the Red Sox, is 4-0 with a 3.46 ERA in his last seven starts, and hasn’t given up a home run in a ca­reer-best five straight starts. Toronto RHP Mar­cus Stro­man (1-6, 2.95) is 4-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 12 starts against Bos­ton.

Tom Szczer­bowski / Getty Im­ages

The Red Sox’s Michael Chavis hits a two-run home run in the third in­ning against the Blue Jays at Rogers Cen­tre on Mon­day in Toronto.

Fred Thorn­hill / As­so­ci­ated Press

Red Sox start­ing pitcher David Price throws against the Blue Jays dur­ing the first in­ning on Mon­day in Toronto. Price re­turned from the in­jured list to lead the Red Sox to a 12-2 rout.

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