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Rays' Price finally beats Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It took 10 starts for David Price to earn a win against Texas -- and nearly a month for the Rangers to lose a series this season.

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."

Ben Zobrist had three hits and an RBI, and Price earned his fourth victory in five starts. Tampa Bay touched up Texas lefty Derek Holland (2-2) for five extra-base hits.

Fernando Rodney loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, then jammed Ian Kinsler on a soft liner back to the mound for his seventh save.

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."

Notes

  • Washington was ejected at the end of the seventh by plate umpire Dan Bellino for arguing a called third strike on Kinsler.
  • Andrus reached base for the 18th consecutive game with a walk in the first.
  • Jennings extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Texas DH Michael Young is 3 for 23 in his last six games.
  • Evan Longoria is hitting .550 with runners in scoring position (11 for 20).
  • Japanese media covering the Rangers and pitcher Yu Darvish presented Washington with a cake for his 60th birthday, a significant year in Japanese culture that also called for a Kanreki celebration, in which the birthday celebrant dons a red vest and a flat red hat that resembles a chef's hat.
 
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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)
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

B. Zobrist
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 6.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 6
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4011011 .273
Carlos Pena, 1B3110121 .266
Evan Longoria, 3B4010022 .325
Ben Zobrist, RF-2B4131000 .213
Jeff Keppinger, 2B3121001 .273
    Elliot Johnson, PR-2B0000000 .158
   a- Matt Joyce, PH-RF1000012 .317
B.J. Upton, CF4120003 .346
Luke Scott, DH4011010 .271
Sean Rodriguez, SS2101120 .190
Chris Gimenez, C4000011 .292
Totals335115210  
a-struck out for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Fernando Rodney (1, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,4-1) 6.1622160 2.67
Joel Peralta (H,5) 1.2000030 7.27
Fernando Rodney (S,7) 1100010 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
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5000014 .297
Elvis Andrus, SS3101100 .256
Josh Hamilton, LF1011000 .395
    David Murphy, LF-CF3000031 .286
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000001 .303
Michael Young, DH4010011 .329
Nelson Cruz, RF-LF4020000 .247
Mike Napoli, 1B3010022 .273
Yorvit Torrealba, C4110023 .227
Craig Gentry, CF2010000 .296
   a- Mitch Moreland, PH-RF2000011 .204
    Alberto Gonzalez, PR0000000 .385
Totals35272110  
a-struck out for Gentry in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Elvis Andrus (9), Josh Hamilton (25)
SB - Elvis Andrus (5, 2nd base off Price/Gimenez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1
DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Napoli
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland (L,2-2) 7955280 5.13
Mark Lowe 1200010 1.50
Scott Feldman 1000010 2.70
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
Game Information
Attendance - 43475
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt