Price earns 17th win as Red Sox beat Orioles 5-3 for sweep
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, center hugs closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 in a baseball game to sweep a four game series, Thursday, Sept.. 22, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
BALTIMORE (AP) David Price won his eighth straight decision, Hanley Ramirez homered and the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the sinking Baltimore Orioles with a 5-3 victory on Thursday night.
Boston has won eight straight to open a 5 1/2-game lead over idle Toronto in the AL East. With 13 victories in their last 16 games, the Red Sox have moved within one game of Texas for best record in the AL.
Baltimore fell seven games out and dropped 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the top AL wild card. It was the first time since 2002 that the Orioles were swept at home by Boston in a four-game series.
Price (17-8) gave up three runs and six hits in seven inning, walking two and striking out five. The Red Sox have won each of the left-hander's last nine starts since Aug. 7.
Koji Uehara worked the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got three straight outs for his 29th save in 31 chances.