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Price wins first regular-season win of career as Rays edge Twins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Even before he earned his first regular-season win, David Price knew what it was like to get a standing ovation.

That doesn't mean he didn't enjoy this one, too.

Price struck out 11 for his first career victory and Evan Longoria got his 55th RBI of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Saturday.

"It was fun out there," said Price, who tipped his cap to the cheering crowd of 36,052 when he left the game. "Any win you've got to look at all the positives. It's fun to be here. It's fun to pitch here."

Price (1-0), who started the season at Triple-A Durham and was recalled Monday, gave up one run, five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings in his first start at Tropicana Field.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft was the winner out of the bullpen in Game 2 and picked up the Game 7 save in last year's AL Championship Series against Boston, making the rookie an immediate fan favorite.

"David again, great stuff," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "His stuff was dominant."

Longoria had an RBI single during a four-run third for the Rays, who have won two in a row after a season-high five-game skid. Carl Crawford had two RBIs, including a solo homer in the seventh, and Randy Choate earned his second save.

Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano (2-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings. He has lasted just four innings in three straight starts.

"It's tough right now," Liriano said. "I just got to go out there and pitch and see what happens."

The Twins are 5-16 on the road this season. Minnesota was hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position and is 1 of 20 overall the past two games.

"Another one of those games where I think we were facing a guy that was really, really throwing the fire out of the ball," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Joe Dillon hit a solo homer, Crawford had an RBI infield single, Longoria hit a run-scoring single and Ben Zobrist drove in a run on an infield single to give Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead in the third.

Gardenhire said his team made "some bad decisions" on three infield grounders in the third, possibly missing out on potential forceouts at second that might have changed the complexion of the inning.

Justin Morneau put the Twins ahead 1-0 on an RBI grounder in the third. He has driven in 28 runs this month.

Price worked out of a self-induced, second-and-third, two-out jam in the second by getting a grounder to third from Alexi Casilla. With Joe Crede on first after an earlier walk, Price fielded a routine grounder by Carlos Gomez and proceeded to lob a throw well over first baseman Carlos Pena's head that put the two runners in scoring position.

"That was awful," Price said. "The most unathletic thing I've ever done. That was embarrassing."

Crede left in the fourth after fouling a ball off his left knee. X-rays were negative and although he is day to day, Gardenhire doesn't expect him to play Sunday.

"There's just quite a bit of swelling," Crede said.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer might also get a day off Sunday. He fouled off a ball just above his right ankle Saturday.

Grant Balfour pitched 2 2/3 innings before being replaced by Choate with two on in the ninth. Choate got two outs, including an RBI grounder by Casilla.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay recalled OF Matt Joyce from Triple-A Durham after the game and optioned RHP Dale Thayer to the International League club.
  • Maddon said DH Pat Burrell, out since May 11 with a strained neck, underwent a third round of shots for the injury and will likely have his status reviewed on Tuesday.
  • Twins OF Jason Kubel, bothered by a sore knee, was rested.
  • Tampa Bay LHP Scott Kazmir (right quadriceps strain) is playing catch, but team officials are still talking about how to put together his overall throwing program.
  • Crawford had his streak of 32 successful stolen base attempts -- including 30 this season -- stopped when he was thrown out trying to steal second during the third.
  • Liriano threw 47 of his 93 pitches in the third.
 
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David Price notches win No. 1 of his career while striking out 11 in just 5 2/3 innings.  (AP)
David Price notches win No. 1 of his career while striking out 11 in just 5 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 5.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 11
 
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, LF5110012 .300
Joe Mauer, C3010111 .414
Justin Morneau, 1B4011021 .344
Michael Cuddyer, RF4000034 .277
Joe Crede, 3B1000111 .239
    Matt Tolbert, SS2000010 .189
Brendan Harris, SS-3B3110111 .275
Delmon Young, DH4000033 .236
Carlos Gomez, CF4010021 .219
Alexi Casilla, 2B4011002 .170
Totals34262315  
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (7, Price), Brendan Harris (7, Price)
RBI - Justin Morneau (46), Alexi Casilla (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Crede-Casilla-Morneau, Casilla-Tolbert-Morneau, Tolbert-Casilla-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Francisco Liriano (L,2-7) 4744331 6.60
R.A. Dickey 4211231 3.26
WP - Francisco Liriano 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 93-56, R.A. Dickey 49-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 5-1, R.A. Dickey 5-3
Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 19, R.A. Dickey 15
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4110020 .200
Carl Crawford, LF4132010 .329
Evan Longoria, 3B4111011 .332
Carlos Pena, 1B2000210 .231
Willy Aybar, 2B3000101 .274
Ben Zobrist, SS3011100 .306
Joe Dillon, DH4121014 .250
Gabe Kapler, RF2000101 .181
Michel Hernandez, C3110001 .289
Totals2959556  
Batting
HR - Carl Crawford (3, Dickey), Joe Dillon (1, Liriano)
RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (25), Evan Longoria (55), Ben Zobrist (26), Joe Dillon (1)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (11), Evan Longoria (16), Ben Zobrist (9)
CS - Carl Crawford (1, 2nd base by Liriano/Mauer)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - David Price (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (W,1-0) 5.25112110 3.00
Grant Balfour (H,5) 2.2111130 5.48
Randy Choate (S,2) 0.2000010 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 108-76, Grant Balfour 35-25, Randy Choate 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 3-4, Grant Balfour 3-2, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - David Price 25, Grant Balfour 10, Randy Choate 2
Game Information
Attendance - 36052
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Dale Scott