David Price gets bounceback win in critical start vs. Blue Jays

Posted May 14, 2018

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Maile hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the 12th and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Friday, overcoming a career-high 15-strikeout performance from Chris Sale. Price (3-4) skipped last Wednesday's start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday.

Joe Biagini will make his third start of the season in place of Marcus Stroman, looking to rebound from a disastrous outing.

After the game, Price indicated that he felt good and kept getting better as he continued throwing.

"When I made that error, I obviously felt bad, it was the dumbest play of my career", Maile said. "I thought I made a lot of solid pitches, a few weak hits, a couple of good ones". Price threw 93 pitches, 55 for strikes. "If we use him in a tie game and they don't score, we've got to take him out and we lose him the next few days". Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez each had two RBIs, with Ramirez hitting a home run while Benintendi went 3 for 5 with a double.

"It was good to get back out there", Price said.

"He's got a bunch of weapons with the curveball and the cutter, too, and he throws it all but you know his bread and butter is his fastball and changeup", said Betts. "He went out and did a great job at giving us a chance to win".

It's been a bit of a struggle for Anthony Alford, the third-best prospect in the Jays' system, since being recalled last week, but the 23-year-old left fielder was able to collect his first-career RBI on Saturday, driving in Kevin Pillar with a single in the fourth inning.

Manager John Gibbons was happy to see Maile redeem himself for the gaffe.

Price came in 0-3 in his previous three outings but avoided the first four-start skid of his career. Price, who's pulling in $30 million this season, has a 4.89 ERA on the season, but he's 18-3 in his career against Toronto, which is the highest winning percentage (.857) against the Jays all-time with a minimum of 20 decisions. He's 12-1 in 17 starts at Rogers Centre, including 8-0 in 11 starts as a visitor. The Jays at home can be a tough out, but Toronto has had nearly no success with Biagini starting, especially against above average teams. "I like the mound. But I like the mound, it's a place I feel comfortable pitching in and I look forward to it every time I get the ball here".

A Justin Smoak solo shot to right field in the sixth inning left the bat at 97.5 m.p.h. The team was certainly hoping for some quality innings from the right-hander after the first game of the day went into extra innings, but instead the Tribe hung 13 runs on Biagini and company in the nightcap. He was pulled in the fifth and relieved by Hector Velazquez, who pitched two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.10. He finished with a pitching line - four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings - that wasn't a fair indicator of how he pitched.

Mookie Betts continues to cash in at the plate, smashing five home runs along with nine RBI's this month.

Price would have stayed in to face Russell Martin in the sixth, but the delay caused by a fan running on to the field gave Smith more time to get ready.