BOSTON - Perhaps David Price just hadn't gotten used to walking out to the Fenway Park mound from the home dugout.
As a visitor to Fenway Park, he was lights out.
Price came into Monday's Red Sox home opener with a 1.95 ERA over his first 11 starts at Fenway.
But the idea that he would continue on his dominance here left with the two-seamer that Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo unloaded on for a three-run home run in the third inning.
Chris Davis had driven in two with a bloop single before Trumbo's homer, and just like that the O's put up a five-spot, turning a 3-0 Red Sox lead into a 5-3 deficit.
It was the first time in Price's career that he's given up more than three runs at Fenway Park, and just the second time that he's given up two.
After the game, Price called "that one bad inning" his Achilles heel.
"That's all it takes in this game. It can be one pitch and today it was just that one bad inning, Price said."
Otherwise - and yes, it's a big otherwise - Price was OK, not allowing a run in any of the other four innings he pitched. He allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out eight.
Price was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday in Toronto, but after a rainout in Cleveland, manager John Farrell elected to push him back a day as opposed to skipping the fifth starter Stephen Wright.
The extra day, according to Farrell, had nothing to do with his third inning.
"An additional day of rest is not significant. I think when you get into seven or eight days between starts that's a little bit of a different story," Farrell said. "But I thought that probably the pitch in that inning, he's ahead of Davis 1-2 and he fights off a changeup for a bloop base-hit RBI and then Trumbo got him after that. But again, just a little bit of mislocated pitches inside the third inning."
Price echoed Farrell's statements that the changeup to David was one he'd like to have back.
"If I could have one pitch back, it's easy to say the home run to Trumbo, but the changeup to Chris Davis," Price said. "If I could execute that one the way I did early on in that count to him to get that swinging strike below the zone, that one could have been a little bit different for me and for me that is the toughest pitch."
Price will probably be thinking about that pitch for a bit, and noted that his execution over his last two starts isn't where he wants it to be. It's something to work on going forward. But getting the two openers - season and home - out of the way was big, and finishing his Fenway outing strong and walking off the mound to cheers left a good mark on an otherwise disappointing day for Price.
"I enjoyed having all those fans behind me," Price said. "That felt good. Even after I gave up that five-spot in the third, they were still behind me and that was huge. Getting that last strikeout to [Matt] Wieters in the fifth inning to finish my day. They all cheered. I definitely appreciated that. It didn't go the way I wanted it to, or the way we wanted it too, but that is part of it."