BOSTON Perhaps it was the specter of Cy Young contender David Price on the mound, knowing that hits and runs would likely be at a premium against the Rays left-hander.
The Red Sox had just seven baserunners in the game. Two scored, while two others were thrown out on the bases, as the sox lost to the Rays, 5-2 at Fenway Park Tuesday night.
In the second inning with one out, Cody Ross on third and Mauro Gomez on first, Danny Valencia singled to center scoring Ross, and sending Gomez to third. But Valencia who is 7-for-10 in his career against Price was thrown out trying to stretch a double. Che-Hsuan Lin grounded out, ending the inning.
In the third, with one out. Pedro Ciriaco and Daniel Nava singled. With Dustin Pedroia batting, Ciriaco was thrown out attempting to steal third. It was just the second time he has been thrown out this season the first was Saturday against Baltimore. Ciriaco had been perfect in his first 15 attempts this season, the second-most successful steals by any major leaguer without being caught this season. Pedroia then doubled, which would have scored Ciriaco.
It hurt, yeah, said manager Bobby Valentine. The Valencia one he thought it was a double all the way and then B.J Upton cut it off and he was out in no-mans land. And Pedro hasnt been thrown out all year trying to steal third. He just got a late jump.