MLB: Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox

David Price, shown during his start last Thursday in Chicago, is expected to skip at least one turn through the rotation.

Jonathan Villar hit a grand slam, and starter John Means threw seven solid innings as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 4-1 Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.

It marked Villar's second grand slam of his career and Baltimore's first this season.

The Orioles now have won two in a row and also received two straight solid starts. Dylan Bundy threw 7 1/3 shutout innings on Saturday in a win over Tampa Bay, and then Means followed up with his strong effort.

The left-hander gave up one run on three hits in his seven innings. Means (4-3) struck out four without a walk and mixed his pitches well, again being effective with his newly-developed changeup, which has kept opposing batters off-balance all season.

In the last two games, Orioles starters have allowed just one run on 14 1/3 innings, the kind of work they need to take pressure off of their bullpen. Baltimore relievers then finished it off when Paul Fry got the first two outs of the eighth inning, and Mychal Givens then came on.

Boston had a runner on second with two outs when Givens entered and struck out Mookie Betts. The right-hander then took care of the ninth in 1-2-3 fashion and earned his fourth save -- all of which have come in his last four appearances.

Boston's Josh A. Smith (0-1) went 3 1/3 innings in his first start since 2016 and gave up four runs on five hits. This was just his second game in the majors since 2017.

Baltimore took the lead in the second when Rio Ruiz and Stevie Wilkerson led off with singles, and Chris Davis walked to load the bases with no outs.

Smith nearly got out of the inning when he struck out the next two batters before Villar crushed his first pitch to deep center for the grand slam and a 4-0 lead.

The Red Sox got one back in the fifth on an Eduardo Nunez sacrifice fly, cutting the lead to 4-1. Boston failed to create many other threats as its three-game winning streak was snapped.

Price goes in injured list

 The Red Sox placed a second starting pitcher on the injured list Monday afternoon.

David Price (left elbow tendinitis) will miss at least one turn through the rotation and could be sidelined for more, joining Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow). Price's last outing came last Thursday night in a 6-4 loss at the White Sox, a game that featured a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by Nicky Delmonico.

"It's bothering me right now," Price said. "We're just going to take a little bit of time. It's nothing I haven't dealt with before. It's nowhere near anything I've had since I've been here."

Price had been the most effective Boston starter to date. His six appearances covered 36 innings, as Price pitched to a staff-low 3.75 earned-run average. He's struck out 42 against just 10 walks and allowed just two home runs in his last five appearances.

"He said he didn't feel something that should take a long time, but at the same time you've just got to be careful," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "We're in a part of the schedule where we have a lot of off days, so we can kind of maneuver around it."

The Red Sox are scheduled to be out of action May 9, May 13 and May 16. Josh Smith drew a spot start on Monday night against the Orioles and Hector Velazquez will take the ball on Tuesday. Eovaldi has yet to have the stitches removed from his elbow after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure to remove some loose bodies.

"We went through this last year," Cora said. "I'm confident. We have guys who are capable of getting us X amount of outs early in the game. Our bullpen, we have some guys who can give us multiple innings."

Price spent a pair of extended stints out of action in 2017 due to elbow issues. His first start didn't come until May 29 and he was used as a reliever after his second return on Sept. 17. Right-hander Ryan Weber was added to the 40-man roster and summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Price on the roster.

"I have a very good understanding of my arm," Price said. "This is the right move for us right now."

With reports from the Providence (R.I.) Journal

Red Sox Journal: Price to injured list with elbow tendintis
By Bill Koch
Providence Journal

BALTIMORE  2019--BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox placed a second starting pitcher on the injured list Monday afternoon.
David Price (left elbow tendinitis) will miss at least one turn through the rotation and could be sidelined for more, joining Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow). Price's last outing came Thursday night in a 6-4 loss at the White Sox, a game that featured a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by Nicky Delmonico.
"It's bothering me right now," Price said. "We're just going to take a little bit of time. It's nothing I haven't dealt with before. It's nowhere near anything I've had since I've been here."
Price had been the most effective Boston starter to date. His six appearances covered 36 innings, as Price pitched to a staff-low 3.75 earned-run average. He's struck out 42 against just 10 walks and allowed just two home runs in his last five appearances.
"He said he didn't feel something that should take a long time, but at the same time you've just got to be careful," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "We're in a part of the schedule where we have a lot of off days, so we can kind of maneuver around it."
The Red Sox are scheduled to be out of action May 9, May 13 and May 16. Josh Smith drew a spot start on Monday night against the Orioles and Hector Velazquez will take the ball on Tuesday. Eovaldi has yet to have the stitches removed from his elbow after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure to remove some loose bodies.
"We went through this last year," Cora said. "I'm confident. We have guys who are capable of getting us X amount of outs early in the game. Our bullpen, we have some guys who can give us multiple innings."
Price spent a pair of extended stints out of action in 2017 due to elbow issues. His first start didn't come until May 29 and he was used as a reliever after his second return on Sept. 17. Right-hander Ryan Weber was added to the 40-man roster and summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Price on the roster.
"I have a very good understanding of my arm," Price said. "This is the right move for us right now."
Walking wounded
Brock Holt (right eye/right shoulder) will join the club at Camden Yards this week and go through a full baseball workout on Wednesday.
Holt will be back with Boston ahead of its Thursday visit to the White House. Dustin Pedroia (left knee) and Tzu-Wei Lin (left knee) both remain away from the club battling their respective injuries.
Pedroia is expected to play three straight games with Double-A Portland beginning on Tuesday night against New Hampshire. Lin suffered a sprained MCL and a bone bruise after an awkward slide into second base during the weekend four-game set with the White Sox.
"Obviously he's going to be out for a while," Cora said. "But it's not as bad as it looked."
Brian Johnson (left elbow) is also trending toward a rehab assignment. He threw two innings in the bullpen on Monday afternoon and has a couple hurdles left to clear before he sees any game action.
"He didn't want to pitch to hitters and we had some guys hitting early today," Cora said. "He decided to throw the up-and-down."
Bats break through
The Red Sox offense has been elite through the club's 8-3 run through 11 games entering Monday.
Boston topped the American League during that span with its 10 home runs and 6.9 runs scored per game. The Red Sox were first in the majors with a .295 team batting average and an .872 team OPS.
"We're finding our stride," Cora said. "Offensively, now you look at the stats and it's like, 'Oh, okay -- we're not that bad.' That was my biggest concern early in the season."