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Price beat Texas for the first time in his career and the Tampa Bay Rays won 5-2 on Sunday night, becoming the first team to take a series from the Rangers this year.
Price (4-1) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking one. The two-time All-Star entered 0-6 with a 5.30 ERA against the Rangers -- including a pair of playoff starts.
"Personally, for myself, I've never beat those guys, so first and foremost, that feels great," Price said. "But I'm pumped that we won. I can turn that page now. It feels great."
The Rangers played most of the game without slugger Josh Hamilton, the American League leader in home runs and RBIs. He left in the third with back spasms and is day to day.
Hamilton was injured while getting his 25th RBI on a single to center in the first that scored Elvis Andrus.
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The outfielder winced as he ran back to the dugout after being forced out on Adrian Beltre's grounder. He was slow to come out on the field for the start of the second inning and stayed in the dugout in the third.
"It's no big deal," said Texas manager Ron Washington, ejected on his 60th birthday. "We'll see [Monday at Toronto]. If he feels better, he'll be out there. If not, we'll give him another day."
Price was able to work his fastball in and out and keep the league's best-hitting club off balance with an effective changeup.
"They've got power 1 through 9," Price said. "They can hit the ball out to any part of the ballpark here. You've got to be able to make pitches and keep the ball down."
Tampa Bay took two of three in Texas, marking the first loss in seven series this season for the Rangers, who entered the game 13-1-1 in their last 15 series at home. They had won a team-record 12 consecutive series dating to last season.
Hamilton's departure left a hole in the lineup. The Rangers put runners on second and third with one out in the fifth but managed to score only Yorvit Torrealba on Andrus' groundout to second. David Murphy, who replaced Hamilton, struck out to end the threat.
Murphy fanned three times in three at-bats, including twice against Price. The left-hander was coming off a 5-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Angels last week.
"David probably was not as sharp as the last game, but nevertheless very effective," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I thought he pitched with a lot of composure."
Zobrist, who was 3 for 4 with a double and a triple, was one of five Rays with RBIs. Jeff Keppinger, Luke Scott, Sean Rodriguez and Desmond Jennings -- whose triple in the seventh scored the team's fifth run -- all had run-producing hits against Holland, who turned in his second straight ineffective start.
Tampa Bay knocked around the left-hander for six hits -- four for extra bases -- and four runs in the second and third.
Zobrist led off the second with a triple and was followed by run-scoring hits from Keppinger and Scott and a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez that scored B.J. Upton.
Holland allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings, striking out eight. He walked Carlos Pena to start the third and gave up a run-scoring double to Zobrist.
"I caught too much plate with all my pitches," Holland said. "Everything was down the middle. Obviously, at the major league level, they're going to take care of you."
|David Price allows two runs in 6 1/3 innings to defeat the Rangers for the first time in 10 career starts against them. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.273|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||2||1||.266|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.325|
|Ben Zobrist, RF-2B||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.213|
|Jeff Keppinger, 2B||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.273|
|Elliot Johnson, PR-2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.158|
|a- Matt Joyce, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.317|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||3||.346|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.271|
|Sean Rodriguez, SS||2||1||0||1||1||2||0||.190|
|Chris Gimenez, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.292|
|a-struck out for Johnson in the 8th|
|2B - Ben Zobrist (4, Holland), B.J. Upton (1, Holland), Luke Scott (5, Holland)|
|3B - Desmond Jennings (1, Holland), Ben Zobrist (2, Holland)|
|SF - Sean Rodriguez (2)|
|RBI - Desmond Jennings (9), Ben Zobrist (11), Jeff Keppinger (4), Luke Scott (17), Sean Rodriguez (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Desmond Jennings (4)|
|CS - Carlos Pena (1, 2nd base by Holland/Torrealba), Evan Longoria (2, Home by Lowe/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Fernando Rodney (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|David Price (W,4-1)||6.1||6||2||2||1||6||0||2.67|
|Joel Peralta (H,5)||1.2||0||0||0||0||3||0||7.27|
|Fernando Rodney (S,7)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.96|
|HBP - Napoli (by Fernando Rodney)|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Price 117-80, Joel Peralta 24-18, Fernando Rodney 22-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 9-4, Joel Peralta 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-2|
|Batters Faced - David Price 26, Joel Peralta 5, Fernando Rodney 6|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.297|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||3||1||0||1||1||0||0||.256|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.395|
|David Murphy, LF-CF||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.286|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.303|
|Michael Young, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.329|
|Nelson Cruz, RF-LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||2||2||.273|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.227|
|Craig Gentry, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.296|
|a- Mitch Moreland, PH-RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.204|
|Alberto Gonzalez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.385|
|a-struck out for Gentry in the 7th|
|RBI - Elvis Andrus (9), Josh Hamilton (25)|
|SB - Elvis Andrus (5, 2nd base off Price/Gimenez)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1|
|DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Napoli|
|Derek Holland (L,2-2)||7||9||5||5||2||8||0||5.13|
|WP - Mark Lowe (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 114-74, Mark Lowe 15-11, Scott Feldman 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 1-9, Mark Lowe 1-0, Scott Feldman 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Derek Holland 29, Mark Lowe 4, Scott Feldman 3|
|Attendance - 43475|
|Game Time - 3:19|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|