Price (12-4) outpitched Clay Buchholz, allowing three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. The Red Sox pitcher, who was making his first appearance since recovering from esophagitis, gave up four runs on three hits while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
Jeff Keppinger scored on Elliott Johnson’s sacrifice fly in the seventh to give the Rays a one-run advantage after Boston reliever Matt Albers walked Luke Scott with the bases loaded to tie the game at 3-3. B.J. Upton added an insurance run for the Rays with an eighth inning solo homer.
Fernando Rodney got his 26th save after striking out two and giving up one hit in the ninth at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run homer in the third for the Red Sox, and Cody Ross scored in the sixth on a throwing error by Price to give Boston a 3-2 lead.
Buchholz (8-3), who pitched a no-hitter in his second MLB start in 2007, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 24 and hospitalized two days later with an inflammation that damages tissues of the esophagus, the muscular tube that delivers food from the mouth to the stomach.
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