After a rough start the season with numerous bad breaks, David Price has finally recorded his first win. Price didn't exactly return to his Cy Young form in Sunday's series finale, but he still did have a strong outing definitely worthy of a 'W'.
Chicago started the scoring in the bottom of the first. An Adam Dunn two-out RBI single put the White Sox up 1-0.
In the third, the Rays knotted the game at 1-1 with a Jose Lobaton home run.
The White Sox would immediately respond however, as Price surrendered a two-run homer to Paul Konerko in the bottom half of the inning. After that, it would all be uphill for Price, who quickly found his groove late in the outing.
Down 3-1 in the sixth, the Rays would tie the game up once again. Matt Joyce got a hold of a Dylan Axelrod fastball and skied a two-run blast down the right field line.
Despite entering the seventh inning with over 100 pitches thrown, Price managed to get through the seventh retiring all three batters, which allowed him to get the win as the Rays didn't break the tie until the eighth. Price finished with a line of 6 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB and 9 K over 119 pitches (69 strikes).
In the top of the eighth the Rays would blow the game open with some opportunistic hitting. Ben Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead with a one-out RBI single. Later in the inning, with two outs, Ryan Roberts popped a ball to right field which would be dropped by Alex Rios. The error allowed two more runs to score, giving the Rays two big insurance runs.
Another Ben Zobrist RBI single and a RBI double by Evan Longoria tacked on the final two runs for the Rays.
The Rays are off Monday before beginning a two-series road trip Tuesday in Kansas City. Jose Molina, Yunel Escobar and Luke Scott are all expected to return from injury for Game 1 of the three-game set. Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82 ERA) will square off against old friend James Shields (1-2, 3.09 ERA); first pitch at 8:10 ET.
News and Notes:
- While David Price walked back to the dugout yesterday after finishing his seven-inning outing, homeplate umpire Tom Hallion exchanged some words with Price after he expressed frustration for Hallion's very tight strikezone. Jeremy Hellickson—yes, Jeremy Hellickson—was ejected from the dugout during all this for apparently making some comments along with Matt Moore. Both Hallion and Price swapped accusations after the game, Price saying that Hallion cursed at him and Hallion calling Price a 'liar'. Both Hellickson and Moore would later back up Price saying that Hallion is the one lying.
- Around the AL East: The A's overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Orioles 9-8 in extras, the Yankees swept the Blue Jays with a 3-2 victory behind Phil Hughes' third straight solid start, and the Red Sox swept the Astros as John Lackey led Boston to a 6-1 win over Houston.