For the first time as an opponent, left-hander David Price pitched in Tropicana Field against the Rays on Thursday afternoon. He was traded to the Tigers in a three-team blockbuster at the trade deadline three weeks ago.
Before his first pitch, the fans in attendance gave Price a huge standing ovation as he warmed up:
Price was outstanding against his former teammates, just as he has been against every other team all season. He held Tampa to one run on one hit in eight innings, striking out nine and walking zero. Price retired the final 23 batters he faced.
The Rays scored their only run against their former ace in the first inning, when Brandon Guyer tripled home Ben Zobrist. Zobrist reached base on shortstop Eugenio Suarez's throwing error. Both Evan Longoria and Wil Myers struck out to strand Guyer at third, starting Price's stretch of 23 straight outs.
That run and hit was the only run and hit Tampa would get on Thursday afternoon, but it was still good enough to win (TB 1, DET 0). Alex Cobb threw seventh shutout innings of his own before Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee shut the door in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Price was brilliant in his return to Tampa. He also took the very hard luck loss. I suppose that's the best of both worlds for the fans in Tampa.