BALTIMORE -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-3 win over the Orioles:
* David Price finished strong. Can he finish his season strong in October, too?
Price hung a changeup to rookie Trey Mancini in the third and Mancini hammered it deep into the left field seats to erase what had been a 3-0 lead.
But Price found something after that, retiring 13-of-15 after the homer, including the final six in a row.
In giving the Red Sox seven innings, Price has now pitched at least seven in eight of his last 12 outings.
His pitching line -- three runs in seven innings -- won't blow anyone way, but he's been far better in the second half.
Ultimately, Price's first season in Boston is going to come down to what he does in the post-season. That script has yet to be written.
* Koji Uehara is pitching like it's 2013 all over again.
Since Uehara came off the DL on Labor Day, he's made eight appearances -- including the eighth inning Thursday night.
He's made eight appearances and hasn't allowed a run -- earned or otherwise. But that only tells half the story.
Uehara has allowed just four hits in those eight appearances -- all singles -- and hasn't walked a batter while striking out 10 in eight innings.
In all, he's faced 27 hitters and allowed just five baserunners -- four singles and a hit batsman, the latter of which took place Thursday when a fastball got too far inside on Mancini and caught him on the hands.
That translates int a .154 batting average against.
Again, Uehara isn't blowing anybody with his fastball, but then again, he never did. It's all about command and precision with him -- to say nothing of the splitter, which looks, in the last month at least, only slightly less devastating than it did when the Red Sox won their last title three years ago.
* Hanley Ramirez has become a menace in September.
Ramirez knocked in the first run with a first-inning RBI single and provided the final one, too, with an opposite-field homer to right in the seventh.
His September has been astounding, outstripping everyone's expectations in terms of power. His next homer will be his 30th, which would give the Red Sox three 30-homer hitters in their lineup.
For Ramirez, it was his 10th homer in September with seven games still remaining in the month.
The Red Sox have to be hoping that he can somehow maintain this into the playoffs. Certainly, the trio of David Ortiz, Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez would be the most fearsome threesome of any team in the playoffs.