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Rays' Price manages to win No. 10 thanks to Braves' 14 LOBs

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ATLANTA -- David Price kept getting into trouble. No problem.

Carl Crawford fell face-first on the wet grass while rounding third. That worked out just fine, too.

Price became the AL's first 10-game winner, Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Crawford picked himself up to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 10-4 victory Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves, who learned that longtime star Chipper Jones is considering retirement.

After a rain delay of nearly 2½ hours at the start, a throwing error led to three unearned runs in a four-run first that sent Kenshin Kawakami (0-9) to another loss. He became the first starting pitcher in Braves franchise history to begin a season with nine consecutive defeats.

Price (10-2) was hardly dominating, lasting only five innings and throwing 113 pitches. But he got out of numerous jams, including striking out Brooks Conrad with two runners aboard on his final pitch of the night.

"I've had a rough stretch," he said. "I'm throwing the ball well. It's just not going where I want it to go."

The Braves had plenty of chances to bounce back after falling behind in a game that started late because of storms and didn't end until 1 a.m. But they failed to take advantage of a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the second and wound up leaving 14 runners on base -- at least one in every inning but the ninth.

Tampa Bay stayed tied for first with the New York Yankees, who beat Philadelphia 8-3. The Braves' lead in the NL East fell to just a half-game on the other New York team; the Mets beat Cleveland 7-6.

The Rays put the game out of reach with two runs in the sixth -- including Crawford scoring even with his tumble between third and home -- and three more in the seventh off Chris Resop, who had a rough debut with the Braves after being called up from Triple-A earlier in the day.

After falling, the speedy Crawford hopped right up and managed to slide around catcher Brian McCann's attempted tag, after the throw from left fielder Melky Cabrera was up the third-base line.

"I just lost my footing," Crawford said. "He's wasn't blocking the plate."

McCann didn't have a chance to, darting out to his left to catch the throw, then trying to run back in time to get Crawford with a diving tag.

It wasn't a fair matchup.

"I'm not that quick," McCann said. "When I caught it, I knew it was going to be a foot race -- and I probably wasn't going to win it."

The Braves' day began with Jones saying that he's considering retirement at the end of another disappointing season. He met with team officials before the game and indicated that an official announcement could be coming soon.

But the 38-year-old Jones showed he's still got some pop in his bat. He doubled and scored in the third, then hit a solo homer into the center-field seats in the eighth.

"Home runs always make you feel better," said Jones, accompanied by his parents after the game.

The Rays did most of the scoring right from the start. With one out in the first, Crawford reached when shortstop Yunel Escobar's throw pulled first baseman Troy Glaus off the bag. Longoria followed with a towering drive into the left-field seats for his 12th home run. Cabrera barely moved on the play, other than turning to watch it land about halfway up in the lower deck.

Kawakami struck out Carlos Pena, but Ben Zobrist walked, B.J. Upton doubled and Sean Rodriguez brought them both home with a double just inside the third-base bag, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.

Kawakami went five innings, giving up seven hits and walking three. He was charged with five runs, but only two were earned. That didn't lessen the sting of another loss and further endanger his spot in the rotation, especially if Jair Jurrjens comes off the disabled list as expected in about two weeks.

"He's pitched so much better than his record," McCann said. "He's kept us in a ton of games."

Zobrist had a two-run single in the sixth, while Longoria added a run-scoring double in the seventh to give him three RBI on the night.

"That whole game was a trip," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We had baserunners all day."

Notes

  • Resop was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett after going 5-2 with a 1.84 ERA in 13 starts. The Braves farmed out struggling reliever Jesse Chavez, who was 0-1 with a 7.33 ERA in 18 games.
  • Crawford reached base five times on two hits, two walks and Escobar's errant throw.
 
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Chipper Jones rewards Braves fans who stick around for the late-night finish with his 430th career HR.  (AP)
Chipper Jones rewards Braves fans who stick around for the late-night finish with his 430th career HR. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
John Jaso, C6220001 .283
Carl Crawford, LF4321210 .300
Evan Longoria, 3B5223015 .321
Carlos Pena, 1B3012111 .195
Ben Zobrist, RF4122102 .311
B.J. Upton, CF5110033 .239
Sean Rodriguez, 2B5012002 .285
Reid Brignac, SS4010121 .302
David Price, P3000025 .000
    Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
   a- Hank Blalock, PH0100100 .250
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .000
   b- Willy Aybar, PH1000010 .245
    Andy Sonnanstine, P0000000 .000
Totals40101210611  
a-walked for Balfour in the 7th
b-struck out for Cormier in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (16, Kawakami), Evan Longoria (22, Resop), B.J. Upton (17, Kawakami), Sean Rodriguez (12, Kawakami)
3B - Carl Crawford (5, Resop)
HR - Evan Longoria (12, Kawakami)
SF - Carlos Pena (3)
RBI - Carl Crawford (36), Evan Longoria 3 (51), Carlos Pena 2 (45), Ben Zobrist 2 (34), Sean Rodriguez 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (12), Evan Longoria (17), Carlos Pena (13), Sean Rodriguez 2 (10)
SB - Carl Crawford (22, 2nd base off Kawakami/McCann), Sean Rodriguez (3, 2nd base off Kawakami/McCann)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Carlos Pena (4, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (W,10-2) 5832370 2.31
Grant Balfour 1200020 1.91
Lance Cormier 2311101 3.90
Andy Sonnanstine 1000000 4.02
WP - David Price 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 113-73, Grant Balfour 20-14, Lance Cormier 45-32, Andy Sonnanstine 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 5-4, Lance Cormier 3-3, Andy Sonnanstine 1-2
Batters Faced - David Price 27, Grant Balfour 5, Lance Cormier 10, Andy Sonnanstine 3
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B5020015 .333
Jason Heyward, RF5120003 .268
Chipper Jones, 3B5221014 .233
Troy Glaus, 1B3000233 .286
Brian McCann, C3110113 .261
    David Ross, C1000001 .293
Yunel Escobar, SS5021012 .247
Melky Cabrera, LF5021002 .253
Gregor Blanco, CF4020100 .429
Kenshin Kawakami, P2000013 .100
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000012 .275
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000002 .314
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   c- Brandon Hicks, PH1000000 .000
Totals41413349  
a-struck out for Kawakami in the 5th
b-fouled out for Resop in the 7th
c-grounded out for Kimbrel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (11, Price)
HR - Chipper Jones (4, Cormier)
RBI - Chipper Jones (23), Yunel Escobar (17), Melky Cabrera (16)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (8)
SB - Brian McCann (3, 2nd base off Price/Jaso)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
E - Yunel Escobar (7, Throwing), Kenshin Kawakami 2 (2, Throwing), Brian McCann (6, Missed catch of throw)
Atlanta Braves
Kenshin Kawakami (L,0-9) 5752361 4.42
Chris Resop 2555320 22.50
Craig Kimbrel 2000030 1.23
IBB - Brignac by Kenshin Kawakami
Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 100-59, Chris Resop 56-32, Craig Kimbrel 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 4-7, Chris Resop 1-3
Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 27, Chris Resop 14, Craig Kimbrel 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30448
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Gary Darling