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Rays hit behind Price, make him AL's first nine-game winner

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Price can win without his best stuff.

Price became the AL's first nine-game winner, backed by three Tampa Bay home runs, and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Wednesday night with another big night at the plate.

"He was kind of struggling," Rays catcher Dioner Navarro said. "He didn't have it, but he gave us a shot. That's what we asked for. Price has such great stuff. He can get you out anyway. He battled through."

Navarro, Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena hit solo shots for the Rays, who have scored nine or more runs in three consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 29-31, 2008.

Tampa Bay has won the first two games of a three-game set to take its ninth consecutive series from Toronto. Sean Rodriguez had three hits and three RBI.

Price (9-2) allowed one run and four hits in six innings with five walks and four strikeouts. The left-hander has won all three of his starts this season against the Blue Jays, giving up three runs -- one earned -- over 23 innings.

"He was a little bit off for his location," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "He threw a lot of pitches, but when we got guys on base he reached back and got a little bit more."

Price threw 104 pitches. He is 5-0 in six career starts against Toronto.

"I just couldn't pound the zone as much as I wanted to," he said. "That was my biggest problem."

Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum (5-3) lasted only four innings, giving up seven runs and 10 hits. He entered 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA in six previous starts this season after a Toronto loss.

"They're a good team. I don't know what else you can say about them," Marcum said. "They find ways to put the barrel on the ball. One through nine, they're a good lineup."

Navarro hit his first home run since Oct. 3 during a two-run fourth. Zobrist and Pena went deep on back-to-back pitches from reliever Shawn Camp in the fifth.

Pena, with four home runs in the past three games, tied Aubrey Huff's team record of 128 career home runs.

After not allowing more than one home run in 15 consecutive games, the Blue Jays gave up two on Tuesday and three Wednesday.

Kelly Shoppach had an RBI single and Rodriguez hit a run-scoring double to put the Rays up 2-0 in the first. Shoppach hit a sacrifice fly, Rodriguez had another RBI double and Zobrist drove in a run with a single to make it 5-0 in the third.

Rodriguez added an RBI single during the sixth.

Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but failed to score when Mike McCoy struck out and Fred Lewis hit a grounder to second. Lyle Overbay had a run-scoring double in the sixth.

The Blue Jays have been outscored 19-1 over the past two games. Toronto has only nine hits, including four on Wednesday, in its past three games.

"Right now, we're struggling with the bats. We're struggling with the pitching," Gaston said.

Notes

  • It was Tampa Bay's 2,000th regular-season game. The Rays are 865-1,135.
  • The Blue Jays activated RHP Jesse Litsch (right elbow surgery) from the 60-day disabled list and optioned LHP Rommie Lewis to Triple-A Las Vegas. Litsch will replace LHP Brian Tallet, who will move to the bullpen, in the rotation.
  • Tampa Bay director of scouting R.J. Harrison planned to begin contract talks Wednesday with representatives for first-round draft pick Josh Sale.
 
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David Price's teammates hit 3 HRs, but he also helps his own cause by allowing just one run. (Getty Images)
David Price's teammates hit 3 HRs, but he also helps his own cause by allowing just one run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

S. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 5
K 4
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, LF4000123 .279
Aaron Hill, 2B3000101 .180
Adam Lind, DH4010012 .212
Vernon Wells, CF3000102 .298
Jose Bautista, RF3100022 .243
Lyle Overbay, 1B3021100 .233
    Jeremy Reed, PR-1B0000000 .167
John Buck, C4010012 .250
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2000211 .211
Mike McCoy, SS4000015 .184
Totals3014168  
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (15, Price)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (26)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1
DP - V. Wells-McCoy
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (L,5-3) 41077131 3.38
Shawn Camp 1222012 2.81
Jason Frasor 1211000 5.25
David Purcey 2100020 0.00
IBB - Longoria by Shaun Marcum
HBP - Upton (by Jason Frasor)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 68-46, Shawn Camp 15-12, Jason Frasor 24-11, David Purcey 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 3-5, Shawn Camp 2-0, Jason Frasor 2-1, David Purcey 1-3
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 22, Shawn Camp 5, Jason Frasor 6, David Purcey 7
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4220001 .240
Carl Crawford, LF5210002 .297
Evan Longoria, 3B4231100 .326
Kelly Shoppach, DH2012011 .211
   a- Hank Blalock, PH-DH2000011 .214
Sean Rodriguez, 2B4133000 .264
Ben Zobrist, RF4122004 .315
Carlos Pena, 1B4111021 .184
Dioner Navarro, C4111000 .204
Reid Brignac, SS4010020 .291
Totals3710151016  
a-flied out for Shoppach in the 6th
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (20, Marcum), Sean Rodriguez 2 (10, Marcum, Marcum)
HR - Ben Zobrist (5, Camp), Carlos Pena (12, Camp), Dioner Navarro (1, Marcum)
SF - Kelly Shoppach (1)
RBI - Evan Longoria (47), Kelly Shoppach 2 (2), Sean Rodriguez 3 (19), Ben Zobrist 2 (30), Carlos Pena (40), Dioner Navarro (6)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (16), Sean Rodriguez 2 (8), Ben Zobrist (8)
SB - B.J. Upton (18, 3rd base off Marcum/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Longoria-S. Rodriguez-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (W,9-2) 6411540 2.23
Randy Choate 1000020 5.63
Lance Cormier 1000110 4.30
Andy Sonnanstine 1000010 3.38
HBP - J. Bautista (by David Price)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 104-62, Randy Choate 14-11, Lance Cormier 17-10, Andy Sonnanstine 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-5, Randy Choate 1-0, Lance Cormier 2-0, Andy Sonnanstine 1-1
Batters Faced - David Price 27, Randy Choate 3, Lance Cormier 4, Andy Sonnanstine 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15886
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Mike Estabrook