BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 12-8 to Tampa Bay:
You can't say that the Red Sox didn't have their opportunities
The Sox banged out 14 hits, including two homers and five doubles. But too often, they couldn't come up with the big hit when they needed it.
In the second, they had two on and one out and didn't score. In the fifth, they got a leadoff double from Xander Bogaerts and stranded him. In the seventh, they loaded the bases with one out and couldn't score. And in the eighth, they had first-and-second with one out and came away with nothing.
For the game, the Red Sox were just 4-for-20 with runners in scoring position.
David Price's outing was horrendous
Let's not sugarcoat this: Price couldn't hold a four-run lead and was chased in the fourth inning.
The problem seemed to be all about location for Price, who was leaving a lot of pitches up in the zone.
For those suggesting that Price was too amped up in facing his original team, this was the fourth time in the last season-and-a-half that he faced the Rays, so that shouldn't be much of a factor.
Clearly, some adjustments have to be made -- and fast.
Whatever slump Mookie Betts had been in, it's officially over
Betts broke out some Wednesday night with a homer and single, and kept the hot streak going Thursday afternoon with a single and another two-run homer. Fifteen games in, Betts lead the Red Sox in homers with four.
Brock Holt, who has played well in left field, had a shaky day there
Holt was charged with one error in the six-run Tampa Bay fourth when he bobbled a ball, allowing Brandon Guyer to score from third.
He would have been charged with another in the seventh when he mishandled a carom, allowing Logan Forsythe to go from first to third, but he recovered in time to cut down Guyer attempting to stretch the single into a duoble for the final out of the inning.
Dustin Pedroia collected his 1,500th career hit with a sixth-inning double
This is Pedroia's 10th full major league season. He's had one season with more than 200 hits and two others with more than 193 hits. He makes frequent contact, runs fairly well and plays in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
And after all that, he's exactly halfway to 3,000 hits, which should put into perspective how hard it is to reach that plateau.
Chris Young stayed on the bench in what looked like a prime pinch-hitting spot
The Sox had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, with lefty Xavier Cedeno on the mound for the Rays and Jackie Bradley Jr. at the plate in a left-left matchup.
But had John Farrell gone to Chris Young, Rays manager Kevin Cash almost certainly wouldn't summoned righty Erasmo Ramirez to face Young.
And Bradley has been better against lefties in his brief career than Young has been against right-handers.