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Michael Chavis on key double: 'That was awesome, dude!'

Michael Chavis on key double: 'That was awesome, dude!'

Michael Chavis entered a big-league game for the first time in the Boston Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. And he didn't waste time making an impact early.

In his first plate appearance, Chavis blasted a double into center field to set up Andrew Benintendi's game-winning sacrifice fly. After the game, Chavis showed a great deal of excitement about his performance, and rightfully so.

“It was a lot, honestly. I’m going to turn off the professional mode. That was awesome, dude! I just need a second,” Chavis said per Christopher L. Gasper of The Boston Globe. “Y’all are here in this moment with me. I just need to celebrate this. It was really cool.”

It's nice to see that Chavis allowed himself to get excited. After all, it was a big hit and it was key to helping the Red Sox notch a victory in what has been a disappointing start to the season. It's never a bad thing to see a team having fun, as the Red Sox demonstrated last year, so maybe Chavis' excitement will spark the Sox moving forward.

Chavis will likely get his first start for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon against the Rays. Once the lineups are released, the team's plans for using him will be better known.

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David Price on early exit from Saturday start: 'I wanted to stay in the game'

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David Price on early exit from Saturday start: 'I wanted to stay in the game'

David Price tried to gut out his Saturday night start while dealing with flu-like symptoms, but Alex Cora didn't want to take any chances.

Price was replaced by reliever Colten Brewer after facing only three Astros batters. Following the Red Sox' 4-3 loss, the left-hander said he wanted to stay in the game. Ultimately, that wasn't his decision to make.

Cora said he simply wanted to avoid the situation from worsening, as the Sox can ill afford to have Price land on the injured list again for an extended period of time.

The good news is Price didn't suffer a setback with his elbow as was originally feared. He had just returned from the IL on Monday after dealing with left elbow tendinitis.

The Red Sox will look to avoid getting swept by the Astros on Sunday.

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Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 loss to the Astros

Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 loss to the Astros

FINAL SCORE: Astros 4, Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox offense struggled to knock their baserunners in all night in Houston but tied the game in the ninth inning thanks to a two-run single from Christian Vazquez. The Astros responded in the bottom half to walk it off and take the first two games of the series.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 27-25

HIGHLIGHTS:


2nd inning

DEVERS HAS HOME RUN TAKEN AWAY BY MINUTE MAID'S ROOF

6th inning

Josh Reddick singles, Carlos Correa scores (1-0 HOU)
Tyler White singles, Yuli Gurriel scores (2-0 HOU)

7th inning

Andrew Benintendi drives in Michael Chavis with RBI single (2-1 HOU)

BASERUNNING BLUNDER COSTS SOX A CHANCE AT MORE RUNS

Gurriel infield single, Aldemys Diaz scores (3-1 HOU)

9th inning

Christian Vazquez singles, Chavis and Jackie Bradley Jr. score (3-3)

Carlos Correa walk-off single, Diaz scores (4-3 HOU)

UP NEXT:

@Astros, Sunday, 2:10 p.m., NESN
vs. Indians, Monday, 4:05 p.m., ESPN, NESN
vs Indians, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN

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