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"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.
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.
"He's one of the elite pitchers in the game, both leagues included," Acta said.
|David Price allows four hits in seven innings while striking out a career-high 12 batters. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Michael Brantley, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Orlando Cabrera, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.263|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.305|
|Shelley Duncan, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.234|
|Matt LaPorta, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||4||3||.248|
|Grady Sizemore, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.268|
|Carlos Santana, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.207|
|Austin Kearns, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.191|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.232|
|2B - Shelley Duncan (6, Price), Carlos Santana (7, Price)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Shelley Duncan 1|
|E - Carlos Santana (2, Throwing)|
|Josh Tomlin (L,6-2)||6||10||4||4||0||4||2||2.74|
|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|
|John Jaso, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.222|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Johnny Damon, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.273|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.209|
|Matt Joyce, RF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.377|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||4||5||.249|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.354|
|Sean Rodriguez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.223|
|Sam Fuld, LF||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.230|
|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|
|David Price (W,6-4)||7||4||0||0||2||12||0||3.54|
|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|
|Attendance - 16800|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino|