Despite the blowout in Game 1, the Tampa Bay Rays felt relatively confident going into Game 2. They had their ace David Price on the mound who had not only dominated the Red Sox this season, but was nearly unhittable in two starts at Fenway Park.
Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, dominate and unhittable were not two words that would have described Price today as the Red Sox again took it to the Rays starting pitching, scoring in all but one of the first five innings.
Price, who shockingly pitched seven innings gave up seven runs in the process including two solo bombs, both to David Ortiz. Big Papi got things started in the first inning after a sacrifice fly from Dustin Pedrioa. The onslaught continued until Price was able to calm down in the sixth and seventh innings, though by that time it was seemingly too late.
Boston added another insurance run in the eighth, giving them a three run lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
As for Tampa Bay, they now have their backs pressed against the wall, though that’s not the first time they’ve dealt with adversity in recent weeks. Tampa was forced to win three straight win-or-go home games (all of which were on the road) just to make it to the postseason. Now they’ll have to win three straight, though two of those games will be at home.
Boston will try to advance to their first ALCS since 2008 on Monday night. Tampa will do everything they can to see another day.