BOSTON — Marco Hernández hit a key two-run double in his first major league start in over two years, David Price pitched six solid innings in his 300th career start and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader Saturday.
It was Boston’s first home win over the Rays this season after losing the first four meetings, including Tampa Bay’s 9-2 win in the opener.
The Rays’ Mike Zunino had a single, snapping a 0-for-21 stretch. Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak ended.
Hernández injured his left shoulder on May 3, 2017, then missed the remainder of that season and all of 2018 recovering from surgery. He started this year on the 10-day injured list.
Price (4-2) gave up a run on five hits, matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts and walked two. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in eight consecutive starts.
Michael Chavis’ two-run double gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Hernández doubled off the Green Monster, just over the head of Guillermo Heredia’s leaping bid to make it 5-1 in the sixth.
Price loaded the bases on two singles and a walk with two outs in the sixth, but got Kevin Kiermaier to pop out to short.
Hernández, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday, had a pinch-hit double in the first game, his first major league at-bat since the injury.
In the opener, Ryan Yarbrough held Boston to an unearned run into the eighth inning and Travis d’Arnaud hit a three-run homer to lead the Rays.
The 27-year-old Yarbrough (5-2), who was demoted to the minors after a rough April when he had an 8.10 ERA in five appearances, baffled Boston’s hitters, limiting them to three singles, striking out seven without issuing a walk before Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off the Pesky Pole in the eighth.
“We didn’t do much against him,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
Yarbrough posted career highs with 7.2 innings and 110 pitches.
The Rays jumped ahead 4-0 in the second against Josh Smith (0-2). D’Arnaud drove a cut fastball completely out of Fenway over the Monster after Ji-Man Choi singled leading off and Willy Adames drew a two-out walk. Brandon Lowe added an RBI single.
Sam Travis’ RBI single sliced it to 4-1 in the second after second baseman Lowe booted Eduardo Núñez’s grounder. Tampa Bay added an unearned run in the fifth when Austin Meadows scored on Sandy León’s passed ball after the bases were loaded with two walks and first baseman Chavis’ throwing error.
The doubleheader was caused by a rainout in late April.
LHP Blake Snell (3-5, 3.68 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Rays against LHP Eduardo Rodríguez (6-3, 4.88) in the series finale Sunday.