Price, Ramirez propel Red Sox past Orioles

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He has a history of partially dislocated kneecaps, missing two months at the start of last season with a right knee subluxation, but the Red Sox are saying this injury is less serious. "I (was) back to being efficient, getting a lot of early outs and not giving up a whole lot of runs". Fourth outing with guys on base and stuff of that nature.

Farrell was so pleased with Price's performance that he let his veteran hurler go back out for the eighth inning even though he'd already thrown 87 pitches, even though it was a one-run game and even though Boston boasts a bullpen that ranks second in the American League in ERA.

Kimbrel, who entered the game holding the active Orioles roster to an astounding one hit in 38 at-bats, tossed upper-90s heat to retire Jones on a strikeout.

In addition, the Orioles' pitchers have walked just one batter in each of the first two games of the series with Boston, something manager Buck Showalter is very happy with. Bogaerts scored from first on a double by Ramirez that gave the Red Sox a 4-1 lead. I don't think we will see him at his best yet, and that should allow Baltimore to get another win. With just one out down and the green light in hand, Machado took a huge hack at a 92 miles per hour offering.

Machado's home run was the first to reach the second deck at Camden Yards since former Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds did it on August 7, 2011, against Toronto. However, they did work a bunch of deep counts and Bundy was over 40 pitches after just two frames. "That was eight years ago", said the 31-year old Vanderbilt product, exhibiting an nearly freakish knowledge of his own statistics. In the Red Sox clubhouse pregame, Ramirez had walked around holding some sort of burning, smoking incense.

Machado went 1-for-4 in the contest.

Asher rewarded the Orioles' faith in him Friday, holding the Red Sox to two runs over 6⅓ innings and outpitching reigning American League Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello (3-7). Baltimore fell to 19-9 at home. The Red Sox were limited to four hits and a free pass with Pablo Sandoval going solo while Jackie Bradley Jr. singled in Xander Bogearts.

Following a two-out Hyun-Soo Kim single (a pinch-hit AB for Caleb Joseph) against Boston reliever Joe Kelly, Joey Rickard hit a dribbler between the mound and third base that couldn't be handled cleanly.

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Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini both got hits off of Kimbrel, but he still got a four-out save. Asher has thus far started twice since replacing Jimenez in the rotation.

"A big night for David", manager John Farrell said.

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia also is making steps toward coming back when his 10-day disabled list stint is up.

Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge was a late scratch due to dehydration.

The Orioles will start right-hander Chris Tillman (1-2, 5.87).

That blip led to a run - the first time anyone had scored against him since April 20 - but Kimbrel struck out the potential tying run to end the game with two runners left stranded.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (6-2, 2.77 ERA), who has won his last five decisions and leads the majors with 110 strikeouts, gets the start in the series finale Sunday.

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