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The Tampa Bay Rays starter seemed more proud of his exploits on the basepaths.
Given a rare chance to hit, Price took a walk and slid into second, drawing blood from his scraped-up knee.
"Yeah, that was awesome," Price said. "I got some on my pants. I played today."
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Catcher Kelly Shoppach heard all about it in the dugout.
"Oh, yeah," Shoppach said. "The pitchers have decided that's called 'hitter's knee,' I guess."
Shoppach wasn't necessarily impressed -- especially when told that Price showed up at the plate for one at-bat with his shinguard on the wrong leg.
"There's a lot of baseball purists out there that love the pitchers hitting," Shoppach said. "But oh my gosh."
Shoppach hit a two-run home run in the second, Elliot Johnson added a three-run shot in the seventh and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Wednesday to take two out of three games in the series.
Price (8-6) struck out 10 in eight innings, giving up two runs, five hits and a walk. Price threw 120 pitches and still was hitting 96 mph on Miller Park's radar gun in the eighth.
"He went to the 'uber' level today," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That's what he had to do, and he knew that."
B.J. Upton's RBI single gave Tampa Bay the lead in the sixth inning.
Kyle Farnsworth gave up a run in the ninth for Tampa Bay.
He loaded the bases with one out and pinch hitter Nyjer Morgan's sacrifice fly scored Prince Fielder, cutting the lead to three runs. Farnsworth then got pinch hitter Mark Kotsay to ground out and end the game.
Milwaukee, one of the hottest teams in baseball earlier this month, has lost seven of its last 10 games.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke doesn't think his team is headed into a downturn.
"I don't think so," Roenicke said. "I don't think we're always going to play our best series."
Both teams have Thursday off. Milwaukee hosts Minnesota this weekend and Tampa Bay travels to Houston.
It was a predictably short outing for Marcum, who went only three innings after straining his left hip flexor in his last start. Marcum gave up two hits, including Shoppach's, with a walk and two strikeouts.
Marcum didn't miss a start after pitching only one inning against Boston on Friday because of the injury, but Roenicke said going into Wednesday's game that he intended to keep Marcum on a short leash and didn't expect him to go deep into the game.
"It was time to come out," Roenicke said. "We said three innings at first when we talked to him. We were going to look at three and then if his pitch count was down low, we didn't think he was fatigued at all, we'd let him go back out another inning. He threw enough pitches and we decided we didn't want to take the chance."
Marcum sailed through the first inning, but gave up the two-run homer to Shoppach in the second.
Marcum picked a runner off first base in the third but that would be his final inning, as Estrada came on to pitch the fourth.
Marcum said he felt fine pitching but might have tweaked it during an at-bat.
"It was just that one swing I think kind of aggravated it and irritated it a little bit," Marcum said.
Estrada also picked off a runner, getting Justin Ruggiano in the fifth.
Ryan Braun had an RBI single and Corey Hart scored as Prince Fielder grounded into a double play to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of Price, who opened strong by throwing fastballs in the mid-90s.
Braun now has a 14-game hitting streak, the best of his career. Braun came into the game as the only player in the majors with three separate hitting streaks of 10 games or more this season.
|David Price strikes out 10 Brewers, with his fastball clocking in at 96 mph in the eighth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Sean Rodriguez, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.212|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.264|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.226|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.219|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.337|
|Justin Ruggiano, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.340|
|a- Sam Fuld, PH-LF||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.239|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||3||2||1||2||1||2||2||.194|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||4||1||1||3||0||1||1||.212|
|David Price, P||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.000|
|b- Johnny Damon, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Kyle Farnsworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Ruggiano in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Price in the 9th|
|2B - Sam Fuld (13, Dillard)|
|HR - Kelly Shoppach (4, Marcum), Elliot Johnson (3, Dillard)|
|RBI - B.J. Upton (34), Kelly Shoppach 2 (13), Elliot Johnson 3 (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton (15), Kelly Shoppach 2 (7)|
|SB - Sam Fuld (16, 2nd base off Mitre/Lucroy)|
|PK - Sean Rodriguez (1, Marcum), Justin Ruggiano (1, M. Estrada)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Johnson-Kotchman|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|David Price (W,8-6)||8||5||2||2||1||10||0||3.51|
|HBP - Hart (by David Price)|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Price 120-78, Kyle Farnsworth 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 6-6, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2|
|Batters Faced - David Price 29, Kyle Farnsworth 6|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||3||0||.287|
|Corey Hart, RF||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.268|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.309|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.306|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.229|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.210|
|a- Nyjer Morgan, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.336|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.271|
|b- Mark Kotsay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.234|
|Shaun Marcum, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.103|
|Marco Estrada, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.222|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Josh Wilson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.233|
|Sergio Mitre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Gomez in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Lucroy in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Dillard in the 8th|
|SF - Nyjer Morgan (2)|
|RBI - Ryan Braun (54), Nyjer Morgan (12)|
|CS - Corey Hart (4, 2nd base by Price/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Marco Estrada (L,1-5)||3||3||1||1||1||4||0||4.72|
|Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 54-35, Marco Estrada 50-32, Tim Dillard 42-26, Sergio Mitre 19-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 2-4, Marco Estrada 1-3, Tim Dillard 3-0, Sergio Mitre 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 11, Marco Estrada 12, Tim Dillard 9, Sergio Mitre 4|
|Attendance - 39632|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|