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Price K's career-high 12 as Rays blank Indians

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Price has used a different approach in two starts against Cleveland this season and both resulted in victories.

Price struck out a career-high 12 over seven innings, Casey Kotchman and Sam Fuld both homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Indians 5-0 on Friday night.

"We couldn't do anything against him," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He was overpowering."

Price (6-4) scattered four hits and walked two. The left-hander had given up 10 runs in 11 2/3 innings during his previous two starts.

"I felt good with everything I was throwing," Price said.

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Price said he had his best changeup this season, which made the fastball more effective.

"He can pitch anyway he wants to do," Acta said. "The last game he pitched against us, he threw 92 percent of pitches fastballs. He dominated us. And today he mixed all pitches in and same result."

Price gave up two runs over eight innings when the Rays beat Cleveland 8-2 on May 11 to end the Indians' 14-game home winning streak.

Price was OK after he took a blow to the back of the head from part of a broken-bat on Grady Sizemore's seventh-inning grounder. He briefly rubbed his head and smiled when teammates came to check on him.

"If it had been the sharp part, I'm sure I'd have something [like a cut]," Price said.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon has spoken out for years about the potential danger from maple bats breaking and the lack of major rule changes in that area.

"Had that impaled David, something probably would have been done," he said.

The Rays went up 4-0 in the second on two-run homers by Kotchman and Fuld off Josh Tomlin (6-2). Relievers Joel Peralta and Adam Russell completed the four-hitter.

Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce, who started play hitting a major league-best .367, had three hits -- including a broken-bat RBI single during the seventh -- in four at-bats. The big game lifted his average to .377.

Tomlin allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings for the AL Central-leading Indians, who have lost three straight. Cleveland has been outscored 23-4 over that stretch.

Sizemore was activated from the 15-day disabled list and went 0 for 4, including two strikeouts, as the designated hitter. He had been on the DL with a bruised right kneecap after making a hard, late slide into second base May 10.

Acta said Sizemore, dropped from his normal leadoff spot to sixth in the lineup to get his timing back, will be the DH throughout the three-game series.

Acta moved slumping cleanup batter Carlos Santana to seventh in the order. Third-place hitter Shin-Soo Choo was rested. Orlando Cabrera was shifted from sixth to second, with Asdrubal Cabrera going from the two-hole to third.

Santana had been hitless in his previous 19 at-bats before hitting a two-out double in the second. He was left stranded when Austin Kearns struck out.

Price worked out of a two-on, one-out jam during the sixth by striking out Shelley Duncan and Matt LaPorta.

"He's one of the elite pitchers in the game, both leagues included," Acta said.

Notes

  • Acta didn't rule out Sizemore playing the field once in the Indians' next series at Toronto, which has artificial turf like Tropicana Field.
  • Fuld entered in an 11-for-94 slide that has seen him dropped to ninth in the lineup after hitting leadoff 38 times this season. He followed up his homer with a fourth-inning bunt single.
  • Rays All-Star 3B Evan Longoria was hitless in four at-bats, and is 4 for 33 in his last nine games.
  • Tampa Bay CF B.J. Upton and LaPorta both struck out four times.
 
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David Price allows four hits in seven innings while striking out a career-high 12 batters.  (Getty Images)
David Price allows four hits in seven innings while striking out a career-high 12 batters. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 12
Cleveland

S. Duncan
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, CF4000000 .279
Orlando Cabrera, 2B3010100 .263
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010021 .305
Shelley Duncan, LF4010013 .234
Matt LaPorta, 1B4000043 .248
Grady Sizemore, DH4000021 .268
Carlos Santana, C2010100 .207
Austin Kearns, RF3000022 .191
Jack Hannahan, 3B3000021 .232
Totals31040213  
Batting
2B - Shelley Duncan (6, Price), Carlos Santana (7, Price)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shelley Duncan 1
E - Carlos Santana (2, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Tomlin (L,6-2) 61044042 2.74
Chad Durbin 1211120 4.87
Joe Smith 1000000 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Tomlin 109-73, Chad Durbin 21-14, Joe Smith 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Tomlin 6-7, Joe Smith 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Tomlin 27, Chad Durbin 6, Joe Smith 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, C4020001 .222
Ben Zobrist, 2B4110012 .253
Johnny Damon, DH3010101 .273
Evan Longoria, 3B4000014 .209
Matt Joyce, RF4131000 .377
B.J. Upton, CF4000045 .249
Casey Kotchman, 1B4122002 .354
Sean Rodriguez, SS4110001 .223
Sam Fuld, LF4122001 .230
Totals35512516  
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (15, Durbin), Matt Joyce (13, Tomlin)
HR - Casey Kotchman (2, Tomlin), Sam Fuld (3, Tomlin)
RBI - Matt Joyce (27), Casey Kotchman 2 (12), Sam Fuld 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (11)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,6-4) 74002120 3.54
Joel Peralta 1000000 3.51
Adam Russell 1000010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 110-76, Joel Peralta 8-5, Adam Russell 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 4-5, Adam Russell 2-0
Batters Faced - David Price 27, Joel Peralta 3, Adam Russell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16800
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino