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Rays' Price fires five-hit shutout

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Price earned high praise from the opposing manager.

The two-time AL All-Star pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout, Tampa Bay homered four times, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 on Tuesday night.

"I don't know if we've seen a better game against us," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said.

Price (3-1) gave up all singles in his first shutout since a four-hitter against Toronto on April 25, 2010. His only other complete game came July 2, 2010, against Minnesota.

"Great command of all his pitches," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He pretty much brought out the kitchen sink. Probably one of his best performances as far as using his entire repertoire."

Price struck out six and walked one, throwing 80 of 119 pitches for strikes. He had pitched a combined 8 2/3 innings over his previous two starts.

"I needed that long outing," Price said. "It gets old coming out in the 5th or 6th inning."

Although Price pitched eight or more innings nine times last season, he was the only Rays' starter without a complete game.

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Desmond Jennings, Luke Scott, B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena hit solo homers off Angels starter Ervin Santana (0-4), who has given up at least two home runs in each of his first four starts this season -- a total of 10 overall. Don Sutton, in 1986, is the only other Angels pitcher to allow multiple homers in his first four starts, according to Stats LLC.

Albert Pujols went 0 for 4 and is hitless in 16 at-bats. The Los Angeles slugger has not homered in 17 games this year, a stretch of 69 at-bats.

"I'm not trying to go out there to try to do too much," Pujols said. "I've been in this situation before. It's part of the game. You can't let into your head. You just need to keep fighting and knowing it's a long season."

Los Angeles has dropped 5 of 7 and are 6-11 overall.

"I don't concentrate on individual numbers, I concentrate more as a team," Pujols said. "I think we've got a better ballclub than what we've been showing. It seems like everybody in the lineup is struggling."

Santana gave up five runs and eight hits over five-plus innings.

"Just keep pitching, fix it in the bullpen," Santana said. "That's how you get better and that's what I'm going to do. Locate my fastball better, that's it."

Price allowed just one baserunner -- a leadoff walk in the fourth to Erick Aybar -- through four innings. The left-hander snared a liner hit by Vernon Wells to end the second, and right fielder Matt Joyce made a diving catch near the foul line on Chris Iannetta's pop fly in the third.

Mark Trumbo got the Angels' first hit, a leadoff single in the fifth. Price then induced a double-play grounder from Wells.

Jennings put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-inning leadoff homer. He has gone deep three times in the last five games after hitting just two home runs over his previous 41.

Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead on solo homers by Scott and Upton in the fourth and fifth innings.

Pena got his 1,000th big league hit, a solo homer, in a two-run sixth that extended the lead to 5-0. Upton added a sacrifice fly in the inning.

The Rays had a team-record four sacrifice flies in their previous game, a 6-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday.

Notes

  • Pujols has not driven in a run since April 15 and has four RBIs this season.
  • Tampa Bay RHP Kyle Farnsworth (strained right elbow) is nearing the start of a throwing program. "It's going forward," he said.
  • Trumbo started in right field, his fifth different position this season.
  • Los Angeles LHP C.J. Wilson (2-1) and Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-0) are Wednesday night's starting pitchers.
 
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The Rays' David Price scatters five singles en route to his second career shutout, defeating the Angels.  (Getty Images)
The Rays' David Price scatters five singles en route to his second career shutout, defeating the Angels. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS3010100 .254
Howard Kendrick, 2B4000032 .262
Albert Pujols, 1B4000002 .232
Torii Hunter, DH4020001 .279
Mark Trumbo, RF4010013 .324
Vernon Wells, LF3000002 .222
Maicer Izturis, 3B3010000 .321
Chris Iannetta, C3000011 .250
Peter Bourjos, CF3000010 .186
Totals3105016  
Batting
SB - Maicer Izturis (4, 2nd base off Price/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Pujols
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (L,0-4) 5855144 7.23
David Carpenter 1.2000030 2.84
Hisanori Takahashi 1.1000020 7.50
WP - David Carpenter (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 96-58, David Carpenter 21-14, Hisanori Takahashi 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 5-5, Hisanori Takahashi 2-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 23, David Carpenter 5, Hisanori Takahashi 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4111011 .261
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000021 .175
Carlos Pena, 1B4111020 .300
Evan Longoria, 3B3110100 .339
Luke Scott, DH4121001 .295
Matt Joyce, RF3010012 .309
B.J. Upton, CF2112001 .300
Jose Molina, C3010011 .235
Sean Rodriguez, SS3000021 .200
Totals3058519  
Batting
HR - Desmond Jennings (3, Santana), Carlos Pena (4, Santana), Luke Scott (4, Santana), B.J. Upton (1, Santana)
SF - B.J. Upton (3)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (8), Carlos Pena (13), Luke Scott (15), B.J. Upton 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott (7)
SB - Evan Longoria (2, 2nd base off Santana/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,3-1) 9500160 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 119-80
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 9-11
Batters Faced - David Price 32
Game Information
Attendance - 14933
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg