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Price hangs on to help Rays snap five-game losing streak

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DETROIT -- On a night the Tampa Bay Rays needed a strong start to rest their bullpen and snap a five-game losing streak, David Price could only go five innings.

Good thing he made them all count.

Price struck out nine and set a team record with his 15th win, helping the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Monday night.

The Rays' blossoming ace walked four batters and threw 115 pitches, but only gave up two runs before turning it over to the bullpen.

"I kept getting ahead of guys and then letting them crawl back into the count," Price said. "This was a night where I should have gone seven or eight innings, and I only gave us five."

The previous record of 14 wins was shared with James Shields (2008), Edwin Jackson (2008) and Rolando Arrojo (1998).

"It's a great honor to set a record like that -- that's an awesome feeling," Price said. "I just have to make sure I don't leave it stuck on 15."

Matt Joyce homered to help the Rays send Detroit to its eighth loss in 10 games to stay nine behind Chicago in the AL Central.

Three Rays relievers finished, with Rafael Soriano pitching the ninth for his 32nd save in 34 tries. The four Tampa Bay pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts.

Chad Qualls replaced Price and pitched nearly two innings.

"Our bullpen was short tonight, and we knew it was going to be tough for us to piece together four innings," Maddon said. "If we didn't get five outs from Chad, we would have never done it. That might have been the biggest key to the game tonight."

Joaquin Benoit pitched the next 1 1/3 innings before Soriano took the ninth.

Armando Galarraga (3-5) allowed four runs in five innings. Galarraga has only won one of 11 starts since nearly throwing a perfect game on June 2.

"Galarraga had a bad night," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He had no control of the strike zone."

Joyce, who broke up Max Scherzer's no-hit bid with a grand slam on July 26, led off the third with another homer against the Tigers.

Tampa Bay then scored twice on sacrifice flies, the first by Ben Zobrist later in the third and the next by Joyce in the fourth.

The teams traded runs in the fifth. Evan Longoria's RBI double gave the Rays a 4-1 lead in the top of the inning. Ryan Raburn hit a RBI single in the bottom half, but Price struck out the next three hitters, hitting 100 mph on his last pitch of the night.

"I knew that if I gave up one more runner, I was done, so I was just going after those guys with everything I had," Price said. "I didn't want to make us go to the 'pen even earlier than I did."

Brennan Boesch's 14th homer made it 4-3 off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth, but Jaso and Crawford singled home insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

In the first inning, Tigers left-fielder Jeff Frazier threw out John Jaso out after Carl Crawford's shallow fly ball. Detroit took advantage to go up 1-0 on Gerald Laird's RBI single in the second.

"We made Price work, we made him earn his innings and we got his pitch count up," Laird said. "I was happy with our approach. We just didn't get the job done."

Notes
  • The Rays placed RHP Jeff Niemann (shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list before the game and called up reliever Mike Ekstrom from Triple-A Durham. After the game, they placed fellow starter RHP Wade Davis on the disabled list with the same injury and called up RHP Jeremy Hellickson , who will start in place of Davis on Tuesday.
  • Ramon Santiago , who made his major-league debut in 2002, started at designated hitter for the first time in his career. He was the Tigers' 10th starting DH this season.
  • Joyce's homer ended a 0 for 18 slump that included 10 strikeouts.
  • In Longoria's first plate appearance since breaking up Brandon Morrow's no hitter Sunday with two out in the ninth, he faced Galarraga, the only other pitcher this season to lose a no-hit bid with two out in the ninth.
 
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Despite having some early command issues, David Price strikes out nine and earns his 15th win. (AP)
Despite having some early command issues, David Price strikes out nine and earns his 15th win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

G. Laird
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

J. Jaso
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, C5131001 .274
Ben Zobrist, 2B-1B3111101 .265
Carl Crawford, LF5011013 .298
Evan Longoria, 3B5121001 .286
Willy Aybar, DH3010101 .249
Dan Johnson, 1B2000100 .188
   a- Sean Rodriguez, PH-2B1000011 .264
Matt Joyce, RF3112011 .208
B.J. Upton, CF4110012 .233
Jason Bartlett, SS2110102 .240
Totals33611644  
a-struck out for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
2B - John Jaso (13, Galarraga), Evan Longoria (33, Galarraga), Willy Aybar (11, Coke), B.J. Upton (28, Perry)
HR - Matt Joyce (6, Galarraga)
SF - Ben Zobrist (7), Matt Joyce (1)
SH - Jason Bartlett (10)
RBI - John Jaso (34), Ben Zobrist (48), Carl Crawford (59), Evan Longoria (71), Matt Joyce 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (27)
CS - Ben Zobrist (3, 2nd base by Galarraga/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - John Jaso (6)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,15-5) 5522490 2.84
Chad Qualls (H,6) 1.2100120 8.02
Joaquin Benoit (H,16) 1.1111011 1.33
Rafael Soriano (S,32) 1000010 1.81
WP - David Price (4)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 115-67, Chad Qualls 19-12, Joaquin Benoit 17-11, Rafael Soriano 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 2-4, Chad Qualls 2-1, Joaquin Benoit 1-2, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - David Price 24, Chad Qualls 7, Joaquin Benoit 5, Rafael Soriano 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5000035 .303
Ramon Santiago, DH4110110 .278
Ryan Raburn, RF-LF5021001 .221
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3000123 .341
Carlos Guillen, 2B3100123 .276
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000111 .242
Brandon Inge, 3B4000022 .254
Jeff Frazier, LF2010012 .227
   a- Brennan Boesch, PH-RF2111000 .281
Gerald Laird, C2021100 .192
   b- Johnny Damon, PH1000010 .279
    Alex Avila, C0000000 .215
Totals34373513  
a-grounded out for Frazier in the 6th
b-struck out for Laird in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gerald Laird (7, Price)
HR - Brennan Boesch (14, Benoit)
RBI - Ryan Raburn (28), Brennan Boesch (55), Gerald Laird (17)
2-OUT RBI - Brennan Boesch (19), Gerald Laird (4)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Frazier 1
DP - Frazier-Laird, Inge-Guillen-Cabrera
PB - Alex Avila (3)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Armando Galarraga (L,3-5) 5544411 4.48
Brad Thomas 2100010 4.50
Phil Coke 1100020 2.54
Ryan Perry 1421000 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 89-53, Brad Thomas 33-20, Phil Coke 17-12, Ryan Perry 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 5-8, Brad Thomas 2-3, Ryan Perry 2-0
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 23, Brad Thomas 7, Phil Coke 4, Ryan Perry 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23932
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Adrian Johnson