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Lewis outpitches Price as Rangers shut out Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Colby Lewis got the best of Tampa Bay ace David Price.

Lewis scattered four hits over eight innings, Elvis Andrus had two RBI and the Texas Rangers beat the Rays 3-0 on Wednesday.

"It was a pretty good battle with some pretty good pitchers," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "[Lewis] pitched really well, especially facing a guy like Price. Very nice win."

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Price (6-5) allowed three runs, five hits, one walk and struck out eight in eight innings.

"Anytime you go against No. 1, he's definitely doing his job, and all I was trying to do was go out there and match him," Lewis said.

Lewis (5-5) struck out eight and walked two. Neftali Feliz allowed a leadoff single to Ben Zobrist in the ninth before wrapping up his 11th save and completing the shutout.

"He was definitely more aggressive," Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba said of Feliz, who has struggled recently.

Nelson Cruz put the Rangers ahead 1-0 on a fifth-inning RBI single, and Andrus made it 3-0 in the eighth when he hit a two-out single to right off Price -- one pitch after Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler pulled off a double steal to get into scoring position.

"If the runners are not on second and third there, that ball Elvis hit is just a normal out," Washington said. "Since we had runners on second and third, the corners had to come in and we pushed something pass them."

Gentry had a double, while Kinsler drew the only walk off Price in the eighth. Texas stole four bases overall during the inning.

The Rangers took two of three from the Rays and are 7-3 over the past 10 games, while the Rays have lost eight of 12 and now head off on an 11-game, 12-day road trip that begins Thursday night at Seattle.

"We pitched well enough and played well enough to win," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "But we didn't hit and that's been our problem."

Price faced the Rangers for the first time since losing both of his starts in last year's AL Division Series. In four previous regular-season outings against Texas, the left-hander went 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA.

"Price was throwing the ball well, and Lewis was awesome," Rangers designated hitter Michael Young said.

Zobrist doubled in the first and went to third with two outs on a passed ball, but was left stranded when Rays slugger Evan Longoria struck out. No other Tampa Bay runner reached second base over the next six innings.

Tampa Bay's Sam Fuld singled and stole second with two outs in the eighth. The Rays failed to capitalize when John Jaso hit a fly ball to left.

"You can't win if you don't [score], so it's tough," Price said. "Those guys are out there trying and it's not easy for them."

Notes

  • Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (left index finger blister) said after the game that he has been scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday night at Cleveland. "It's better to take care of it now," said Harrison, who hopes to throw off a bullpen mound this weekend.
  • Cruz has driven in seven runs over his past nine games.
  • Tampa Bay RF Matt Joyce, who entered with a major league-best .370 batting average, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
  • Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux (daughter Lexie) and first base coach Gary Pettis (son Kyler) will miss part of the upcoming four-game series with the Indians to attend high school graduations.
  • Rays CF B.J. Upton was hitless in three at-bats and is 3 for 30 with 15 strikeouts over his past 11 games.
 
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Adrian Beltre beats the throw to Rays catcher John Jaso to score the Rangers' first run of the series finale.  (AP)
Adrian Beltre beats the throw to Rays catcher John Jaso to score the Rangers' first run of the series finale. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

N. Cruz
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

C. Lewis
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3100100 .238
Elvis Andrus, SS4012000 .267
Josh Hamilton, LF4000011 .291
Michael Young, DH4000030 .335
Adrian Beltre, 3B4110010 .252
Nelson Cruz, RF4031000 .234
Mike Napoli, 1B3000032 .225
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000003 .213
Craig Gentry, CF3110001 .205
Totals3336318  
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (13, Price), Craig Gentry (2, Price)
RBI - Elvis Andrus 2 (20), Nelson Cruz (25)
2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus 2 (9)
SB - Ian Kinsler (11, 2nd base off Price/Jaso), Elvis Andrus 2 (17, 2nd base off Price/Jaso, 3rd base off Price/Jaso), Nelson Cruz (2, 2nd base off Russell/Jaso), Craig Gentry (5, 3rd base off Price/Jaso)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Lewis-Andrus-Napoli
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (2)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis (W,5-5) 8400280 3.48
Neftali Feliz (S,11) 1100000 1.37
WP - Neftali Feliz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 113-77, Neftali Feliz 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 3-11, Neftali Feliz 1-2
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 28, Neftali Feliz 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, C4000012 .220
Ben Zobrist, 2B3020100 .252
Matt Joyce, RF4000023 .361
Evan Longoria, 3B4000012 .240
Johnny Damon, DH4010001 .275
B.J. Upton, CF3000011 .234
Sam Fuld, LF2010101 .229
Sean Rodriguez, 1B-SS3000012 .227
Reid Brignac, SS2010010 .179
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH-1B1000010 .217
Totals3005028  
a-struck out for Brignac in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (16, Lewis)
SB - Sam Fuld (13, 2nd base off Lewis/Torrealba)
CS - Sam Fuld (6, 2nd base by Lewis/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - John Jaso (3)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (L,6-5) 8533180 3.52
Adam Russell 1100000 2.84
HBP - Napoli (by Adam Russell)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 113-75, Adam Russell 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-8, Adam Russell 3-0
Batters Faced - David Price 30, Adam Russell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13725
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Jerry Meals