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Rays' Price wins fourth straight with near-shutout of Blue Jays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Not even a stomach virus could derail David Price's surge.

The All-Star left-hander scattered five hits in eight-plus innings to win his fourth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Sunday.

Price (9-7), who had his start pushed back one day due to being ill, struck out five and walked one. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff single in the ninth to Melky Cabrera.

"Everything was working," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "They weren't getting comfortable swings on him. Really fun to watch."

Price let the team know Saturday night that he felt good enough to pitch Sunday. He watched Saturday's game at home on TV.

Because Price pitched on Sunday, he is ineligible to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Minnesota. His roster spot was taken by his former teammate, Seattle closer Fernando Rodney.

When asked if he was disappointed about not pitching in the All-Star Game, Price said yes and no.

"It's always fun to be part of an All-Star Game," he said.

The Rays, who have won 11 of 15, got RBI singles from Logan Forsythe and Jose Molina. Jake McGee got three outs for his seventh save.

"There was no let up the day before All-Star break," Maddon said. "We didn't mail anything in."

R.A. Dickey (7-9) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings.

"That's a perennial All-Star over there," Dickey said of Price. "You know when you're pitching against a guy like that you don't have a lot of margin for error."

Toronto has not won a road series against Tampa Bay since April 2007, a span of 22 sets.

"Please don't ask a question about the streak in Tampa," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said as reporters entered his office after the game.

Toronto has lost eight of 10 overall.

Despite their recent struggles, the Blue Jays' 49 wins at the All-Star break are their most since 2006. A win Sunday would have given them 50 victories before the break for the first time since 1992.

The Rays took a 1-0 lead on a two-out single by Forsythe in the second.

Tampa Bay went ahead 2-0 during the sixth thanks to a video replay. Yunel Escobar was thrown out trying to score from second by right fielder Jose Bautista on Molina's two-out single, but the call was overturned.

Evan Longoria's seventh-inning sacrifice fly made it 3-0.

Dickey worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third by striking out Brandon Guyer and getting a flyball from Escobar. The Rays are hitting .181 (13 for 72) with the bases loaded this season.

Notes

Tampa Bay activated McGee from the paternity list and optioned RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery. Hellickson is coming back from right elbow surgery in January, and the move will allow him to pitch Monday during the All-Star break. Maddon said Hellickson make a second start in the minors next weekend. ... Rays C Ryan Hanigan (sore left side) sat out his third consecutive game, while CF Desmond Jennings (bruised left knee) missed his second straight. ... Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes singled in the sixth and has a nine-game hitting streak.

 
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David Price (9-7) doesn't let a stomach bug deny him from winning his fourth straight start. (USATSI)
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Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Dickey
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 3
K 5
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4010011 .273
Melky Cabrera, LF3010111 .299
Jose Bautista, RF4010001 .292
Dan Johnson, 1B3000002 .143
   a-Colby Rasmus, PH1000011 .212
Erik Kratz, DH4000013 .192
Steve Tolleson, 2B3000010 .257
Darin Mastroianni, CF3000010 .122
Juan Francisco, 3B2020000 .240
Josh Thole, C2000012 .263
   b-Dioner Navarro, PH-C1000001 .260
R.A. Dickey, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Todd Redmond, P0000000 .000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
Totals3005017  
a-struck out for Johnson in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Thole in the 8th
Batting
Team LOB - 5
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (L,7-9) 6522350 3.82
Brett Cecil 0.1111110 3.68
Todd Redmond 0.2000000 2.57
Casey Janssen 1000010 1.23
HBP - Molina (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 103-58, Brett Cecil 13-6, Todd Redmond 9-6, Casey Janssen 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 6-7, Casey Janssen 1-1
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 27, Brett Cecil 3, Todd Redmond 2, Casey Janssen 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kevin Kiermaier, CF3110102 .310
Ben Zobrist, RF3000111 .266
Matt Joyce, DH3010011 .270
   a-Sean Rodriguez, PH-DH1000012 .233
Evan Longoria, 3B3011001 .257
James Loney, 1B2000201 .275
Brandon Guyer, LF4000014 .266
Yunel Escobar, SS4210014 .249
Jose Molina, C3011010 .195
Logan Forsythe, 2B3011011 .243
David Price, P0000000 .000
   Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
Totals2936347  
a-struck out for Joyce in the 7th
Batting
SF - Evan Longoria (5)
RBI - Evan Longoria (44), Jose Molina (5), Logan Forsythe (15)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Molina (3), Logan Forsythe (7)
SB - Kevin Kiermaier (2, 3rd base off Redmond/Thole), Ben Zobrist (5, 2nd base off Redmond/Thole), Yunel Escobar (1, 2nd base off Dickey/Thole)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Price-Escobar-Loney, Price-Escobar-Loney-Forsythe-Escobar-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,9-7) 8500150 3.23
Jake McGee (S,7) 1000020 1.52
WP - Jake McGee (1)
HBP - Francisco (by David Price)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 112-74, Jake McGee 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 5-12
Batters Faced - David Price 29, Jake McGee 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17187
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Sean Barber, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Mike Everitt