The 89-64 Red Sox lead the Yankees by four games with nine games left.
Making his second relief appearance since being activated, Price fired 2 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out the side in the sixth. He even added a single to left for his first hit since 2010 and third in his career.
Things didn’t look good for the Red Sox when Gennett crushed his grand slam to right-center against Rick Porcello with nobody out in the bottom of the first to make it 4-1, Cincinnati. It was Gennett’s fourth grand slam of the season to set a Reds record. Gennett also became the first player in history to have a four-homer game and three grand slams or more in the same season.
Boston’s bullpen pitched five scoreless innings after Porcello’s exit.
Righty Sal Romano, who had pitched well for the Reds over the last month, had his night ruined in the fourth, when he gave up four runs.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Devers ends power drought: After hitting eight home runs in his first 77 at-bats for the Red Sox, Devers had gone 107 at-bats without one before belting a towering three-run shot to right in the top of the fourth inning that gave the Red Sox the lead back at 5-4. According to Statcast™, the drive had an exit velocity of 101 mph and traveled a projected distance of 394 feet.
Vazquez nails Hamilton: In a matchup that pitted the best basestealer in the game against one of the strongest throwing catchers, Christian Vazquez won out. The intriguing matchup happened in the bottom of the second, with the Reds already up, 4-1. At that point, a successful steal by Hamilton would have put runners at second and third with just one out. But Vazquez came up firing and got the key out. That wound up being big when the Red Sox were able to come back and win the game. It was Hamilton’s first game since fracturing his left thumb on Sept. 6.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.
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