The reunion was only sweet for David Price as the Toronto Blue Jays struggled offensively in their 4-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park.
Blue Jays (5-6) starter Marco Estrada was unable to replicate his first start of the season, instead allowing four earned runs on eight hits and a walk over 6.0 innings pitched.
Estrada could have fared better, though, as the three-run home run he allowed to Xander Bogaerts in the third inning came with base runners who had reached on a sharp liner off his calf and a seeing-eye ground ball just under the glove of Troy Tulowitzki.
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Bautista brought across Toronto’s first run of the game in the top of the first, getting to David Price early after a triple from Donaldson. The right-fielder tried to push his double into a triple, however, and was thrown out on a close play at third. An Encarnacion double in the fourth inning represented the only other RBI.
Kevin Pillar continued to struggle in the leadoff spot, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. In his other two at-bats, Pillar popped out foul on an attempted bunt and grounded into a momentum-killing double-play late in the game.
Price was excellent for Boston (5-4), striking out nine Jays batters over 7.0 innings while allowing two earned runs on six hits. He didn’t allow a walk, something aided by the amusing strike zone of Angel Hernandez and some generous Toronto swings.