All you need to know about the Red Sox' 7-0 loss to the Athletics, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Starting pitching better, but not by much: In his first start of the season, David Price was at least competitive. He kept the Red Sox in the game through the first five innings, which is more than could be said about his fellow starters in the first series in Seattle. Price allowed two homers in the first three innings, but both were solo shots. He also racked up strikeouts -- two in the first, three in the second and two more in the fourth. His four-seam fastball was touching 94 mph and he was able to bury some pitches inside against righthanders. But just when it seemed like the Sox might get a quality start from someone in their rotation, Price stumbled in his final inning of work. After a two-out walk to Mark Canha, he threw a first-pitch changeup to Chad Pinder, who drove it out to dead center, doubling the A's lead and putting the game effectively out of reach. In five games now, Red Sox starters have yielded 11 homers. Price's stuff was the best any Red Sox starter has flashed to date -- an admittedly low bar to clear -- but the long ball did him in, accounting for all four runs against him.
Red Sox get nothing from the top third of order: Alex Cora had Mookie Betts leading off again Monday, explaining that he wanted to break the left-right balance because of the A's bullpen matchups. But if the move was also designed to get the lineup going, it didn't work. Betts was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts, and Andrew Benintendi, returning after sitting out a game after fouling a ball off his right kneecap Saturday, wasn't any better, also 0-for-4 with one strikeout. Finally, there No. 3 hitter Rafael Devers who didn't get on base until he worked a two-out walk in the ninth inning against closer Fernando Rodney. Devers struck out three times prior to that. When you're 1-2-3 hitters are a combined 0-for-11 with one walk, it's not likely to be a good night for your team offensively.
Bullpen also suffers an off-night: Coming into the game, Red Sox relievers had allowed