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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Price threw another gem.
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Price (13-4) allowed two hits over seven innings. The All-Star left-hander had seven strikeouts and three walks.
"I'd say he's in the top two or three [AL pitchers], no question," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "From a purely selfish perspective, I'd say he is the best right now."
Price has won five consecutive decisions.
"That's why I felt that [Wednesday's] win was so important for us, because you really don't want come into the last game of the series trying to tie the series against David Price," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He overpowered us. We just didn't have good at-bats against him."
Upton hit a three-run double off Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9) during a four-run sixth that put the Rays up 5-0. After getting two outs, Jimenez loaded the bases before giving up Upton's shot down the third-base line. Upton scored on Carlos Pena's RBI single.
Jimenez allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked five.
Wade Davis pitched the final two innings and completed a two-hitter for the Rays.
After Carlos Santana walked to start the fifth, Jose Lopez lined a single to center for the Indians' first hit. Price, however, was able to work out of the jam, aided by Santana getting thrown out attempting to steal third during a double-steal try.
"My fastball's gotten better," Price said. "I have more velocity; it's consistent throughout the entire game. The curveball's better and my cutter is more consistent right now. I throw my changeup whenever I need to and that's a little tougher for those guys."
Jeff Keppinger made it 6-0 on a seventh-inning run-scoring double.
Luke Scott put the Rays up 1-0 on a third-inning solo homer. He is 14 for 33 in eight games against Cleveland since the weekend before the All-Star break, while going hitless in 38 at-bats in 12 games against all other teams.
"It's a very comfortable feeling when you have the lead out there, even if it's one," Price said. "They've done a very good job for me this year of scoring runs early and I appreciate it. Honestly I feel like we've played our best baseball when I've been on the mound."
The Rays loaded the bases with two outs in the first, but failed to score when the struggling Hideki Matsui struck out. After hitting homers in two of his first three games with the Rays, Matsui is 12 for 79.
"I thought Ubaldo battled well for us," Acta said. "He gave us five innings to do something, to score runs, and we couldn't do it."
|With his win on Thursday, the Rays' David Price moves to 5-0 in his career against the Indians. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.294|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Jack Hannahan, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.275|
|Michael Brantley, DH||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.299|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.224|
|Jose Lopez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Shelley Duncan, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||3||.225|
|Lou Marson, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.282|
|Aaron Cunningham, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.183|
|CS - Carlos Santana (3, 3rd base by Price/Molina)|
|PK - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Price)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - J. Lopez-Kipnis-Santana|
|Ubaldo Jimenez (L,8-9)||5.2||7||5||5||5||5||1||5.24|
|HBP - Jennings (by Ubaldo Jimenez)|
|WP - Scott Barnes (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 103-59, Scott Barnes 30-18, Jeremy Accardo 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-5, Scott Barnes 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Scott Barnes 7, Jeremy Accardo 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|B.J. Upton, CF||5||1||3||3||0||0||2||.250|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||2||2||.196|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.248|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||2||2||1||0||1||2||.225|
|Jeff Keppinger, 3B||3||0||2||1||1||0||0||.316|
|Brooks Conrad, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.145|
|Hideki Matsui, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.159|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Desmond Jennings, LF||2||1||0||0||1||1||1||.238|
|Jose Molina, C||3||1||2||0||1||1||1||.200|
|Sean Rodriguez, SS-2B||3||1||0||0||1||2||1||.219|
|2B - B.J. Upton 2 (14, Jimenez, Accardo), Luke Scott (13, Barnes), Jeff Keppinger (7, Barnes)|
|3B - Jeff Keppinger (1, Jimenez)|
|HR - Luke Scott (12, Jimenez)|
|RBI - B.J. Upton 3 (34), Carlos Pena (40), Luke Scott (45), Jeff Keppinger (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton 3 (13), Carlos Pena (11), Luke Scott (21)|
|SB - Ben Zobrist (11, 2nd base off Jimenez/Marson), Jose Molina (1, 2nd base off Jimenez/Marson)|
|CS - Ben Zobrist (8, 2nd base by Jimenez/Marson)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - S. Rodriguez-Johnson-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|David Price (W,13-4)||7||2||0||0||3||7||0||2.64|
|WP - David Price (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Price 108-66, Wade Davis 33-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 6-6, Wade Davis 2-0|
|Batters Faced - David Price 24, Wade Davis 6|
|Attendance - 27856|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|