BOSTON -- David Price beat the Boston Red Sox again Monday night, and this time he pitched his team back into first place.
The Tampa Bay Rays emerged with a controversial 2-1 win in a makeup of last week's rainout.
Pinch runner Daniel Nava was called out at home plate by umpire Jerry Meals as Nava attempted to score the tying run in the eighth inning. Replays indicated Nava was safe, and Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected for arguing.
Nava's misread of Stephen Drew's long double off Joel Peralta saw him get only as far as third with one out. Brandon Snyder, who homered off Price in the sixth, his second of the season, then hit a short fly to left-center. Sam Fuld, a defensive replacement who had played Ryan Lavarnway's wall single into a double to start the trouble, fired home, and Nava was called out.
Fernando Rodney then pitched the ninth for his 26th save, but he had to strand two runners to end it. Mike Napoli struck out to end the game with runners on second and third after Joe Maddon ordered David Ortiz intentionally walked when the slugger represented the potential winning run.
Facing Boston at Fenway Park for the second time in six nights, Price pitched two-hit ball over 7 1/3 innings as the Rays regained a half-game lead over the Red Sox in the American League East. He became the first starter since 1931 to beat Boston twice at Fenway is such a short span.
Last Wednesday, Price pitched a five-hitter in a 5-1 victory before the teams were rained out Thursday. The game was made up Monday, with Price again facing -- and beating -- Felix Doubront.
Price (6-5 but 5-1 since coming off the disabled list) was warming up for the eighth inning when the skies opened up, causing a 39-minute delay. He came back out, struck out Jonny Gomes and was lifted for Peralta. Price clearly not thrilled with Maddon's decision.
Doubront (7-5) lasted five innings (104 pitches). He did extend his club modern-day record of consecutive starts by a lefty allowing three runs or fewer to 14 by giving up two runs. Doubront has allowed three or fewer in 18 of his 19 starts this season. This is the first time this season Doubront has lost back-to-back starts.
Price didn't want to go out with same game plan he used last week, saying, "I'm going to go out there and try to attack those hitters, some of them the same way, some of them a little bit different."
On Monday, some nifty infield work got Price through the first two innings. Fine plays by third baseman Evan Longoria and second baseman Ben Zobrist produced a 1-2-3 first, before David Ortiz opened the second with a double. Price got the next two outs easily, but Longoria stepped to his left to spear Ryan Lavarnway's shot before throwing the catcher out.
Six of the first 12 Tampa Bay hitters reached base, but Doubront got double plays in both the second and third innings. Through four innings, the Rays had six hits and three walks but only one run.
In the fourth, with two outs, Sean Rodriguez drove in the first run when he poked a soft liner off the glove of leaping first baseman Mike Napoli. Rodriguez stretched his RBI hit into a double, beating the hurried throw of right fielder Shane Victorino. However, a charging Victorino snared Desmond Jennings' ensuing sinking liner to keep two more runs from scoring.
The Rays ran their baserunner total to 12 and made it 2-0 in the fifth, with Wil Myers driving in the run with a groundout.
Victorino went back to grab James Loney's shot with two outs and runners at first and third.
NOTES: The Rays acquired RHP Jesse Crain, on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, from the White Sox in exchange for future considerations. There was no word on when Crain would return, but the Rays moved RHP Brandon Gomes from the 15- to the 60-day DL, even though he is nearing a return. ... Ortiz will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for his destructive dugout tirade in Baltimore on Saturday night. He could face a fine. ... Price's 1.96 Fenway ERA coming in was, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the lowest by an opposition starter since Lefty Grove's 1.66 from 1926-33. ... Red Sox rookie SS/3B Jose Iglesias, in a 4-for-40 slump, got the night off. ... A heavy pregame rainstorm gave way to a beautiful rainbow. The game started on time, but subsequent rain caused a delay. ... The Red Sox are home the rest of the week. Rookie RHP Brandon Workman faces Seattle LHP Joe Saunders Tuesday night. ... RHP Roberto Hernandez opens Tampa Bay's five-game homestand when he faces Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy on Tuesday night. ... Two former Red Sox, 1B George Scott and RHP Frank Castillo, both died. Scott, known as "Boomer," was a fan favorite during his time in Boston. ... The Red Sox will honor Joe Morgan, the local favorite who led the team through "Morgan's Magic" in 1988, prior to Tuesday night's game. Roger Clemens is among the members of that team who will be on hand.