Price was a hard-luck loser last time out, giving up only three runs and eight hits while striking out 10 in eight innings in a 7-2 loss against Texas on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
"I’m tired of this," a weary Price shared after losing for the fifth time in his last seven starts, despite notching his eighth game with eight-plus punch outs. "It’s not me. I’ve got to get better."
Against the Rays, Price is 0-1 with an unsightly 10.80 ERA in two starts this season. He’s 1-3 with a 6.51 ERA lifetime in five outings against Tampa Bay.
Curt Casali has been a nightmare matchup for Price, going 6-for-11 (.545) with three home runs and five RBIs against him.
Evan Longoria is 3-for-15 (.200) with a home run and three RBIs against his old friend, and Steve Pearce (6-for-20, .300) has a home run and four RBIs.
The Rays, meanwhile, are spinning their wheels after losing for a franchise-worst 21st time in 24 games after Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Red Sox, which puts them in danger of losing six in a row heading into the break.
"We know what we’re capable of doing," Rays left-hander Matt Moore said after taking the loss on Saturday. "Regardless of what just happened the last month, that sounds like a victim attitude. I don’t think anybody in here is going to admit to that — I know I won’t."
Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 4.33) has had his share of struggles against the Red Sox, going 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA against them in nine starts.
The right-hander has faced Boston once already this year, lasting only four innings while allowing five runs and eight hits in an April 21 no-decision, a game the Rays won 12-8.
His numbers at Fenway aren’t much better, going 1-2 with a 6.21 ERA in six starts at the ballpark.
Xander Bogaerts has proved to be a tough out for Odorizzi, going 7-for-16 (.438) with three walks while driving in two runs off him. David Ortiz is 3-for-20 (.150) with five strikeouts against him.
Boston could have used the bat of Brock Holt, 4-for-15 (.267) with a homer and four RBIs against Odorizzi, but the utility man is day to day with a left ankle sprain he sustained Friday.
The Rays and Red Sox will meet 10 more times in a span of 35 days from Aug. 22 to Sept. 25 to complete the 19-game season series between the American League East rivals.