The New York Yankees never have been kind to David Price.
The Boston Red Sox starter entered Sunday’s start having made four career appearances against the American League East rival since coming to Boston, posting an 0-4 record while giving up five home runs.
His luck certainly didn’t change as New York tagged the lefty for eight runs (all earned), with Price allowing a career-high five home runs in Boston’s 11-1 loss. Price’s ERA against New York spiked to 10.44 and he has given up a whopping 10 home runs over 25 innings pitched since he’s been with Boston.
The eight earned runs tied a career high. That’s happened five times, with three of those starts coming against New York.
“I’ve faced these guys a lot of times. I’ve been in this division for a long period of time. I’ve faced the Yankees many times. It’s time for me to kind of go back to that drawing board and kind of reinvent myself against these guys,” Price told reporters after the game, per the Boston Herald.
The lefty had been pitching well before Sunday, winning five of his previous six starts with 34 strikeouts over that span.
Here are some other notes from Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees game:
— Sandy Leon was the only Red Sox batter to record an extra-base hit with his ninth-inning double.
The catcher has been raking since May 6, slashing .333/.370/.573 in 81 plate appearances.
— Per the Elias Sports Bureau: The only other Red Sox pitcher to give up five home runs against the Yankees on the road was Dennis Eckersley, who did it exactly 39 years ago on July 1, 1979.
— Aaron Hicks hit three home runs for New York and accounted for four of his teams 11 runs.
The only other players to hit three home runs in a game against the Red Sox were Mark Teixeira (2010) and Lou Gehrig (1927).
— Yankees starter Luis Severino was dialed in all night, giving up just two hits and striking out six. He stunned Boston’s offense, which didn’t see its first run until the ninth inning.
“Overall he’s one of the best pitchers in the league,” Sox skipper Alex Cora said of Severino said after the game, per Providence Journal’s Bill Koch. “We put some good at-bats, but we didn’t finish them. Obviously we fell behind very quick, so it wasn’t easy. He’s one of the best.”
— Boston is 20-25 on the season when its opponent scores first.
— The Red Sox are 6-14 in their last 20 games in The Bronx.
— The two teams combined for 32 runs through the three-game set.
— Tyler Thornburg could be activated during Boston’s next series against the Washington Nationals.
The reliever, who hasn’t pitched in a game for the Red Sox since being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers, has been pitching well with Triple-A Pawtucket, and Sox skipper Alex Cora said before Sunday’s game Thornburg’s debut is on the horizon.
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