Price is right for Tampa Bay
His 11 strikeouts spice 1st regular-season win
David Price struck out 11 to earn his first regular-season win, and Evan Longoria got his 55th RBI, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-2, yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Price (1-0), who was recalled from Triple A Durham last Monday, gave up one run, five hits, and two walks over 5 2/3 innings in his first start at Tropicana Field. The first overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft was the winner out of the bullpen in Game 2 and picked up the Game 7 save in last year's AL Championship Series against the Red Sox.
Grant Balfour pitched 2 2/3 innings before being replaced by Randy Choate with two on and one out in the ninth. Choate got two outs, including an RBI grounder by Alexi Casilla.
Longoria had an RBI single during a four-run third for the Rays, who have won two in a row after a season-high five-game skid. Carl Crawford had two RBIs, including a solo homer in the seventh.
Minnesota lefthander Francisco Liriano (2-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings. He has lasted just four innings in three straight starts.
Yankees 10, Indians 5 - CC Sabathia (5-3), in his return to Cleveland, didn't allow a hit until the fifth and worked seven strong innings as visiting New York got home runs from Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher to win going away.
Robinson Cano drove in three runs, while Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon had two RBIs apiece as the Yankees opened a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL East over the Red Sox with their 14th win in 17 games.
Cubs 7, Dodgers 0 - Ryan Dempster (4-3) allowed just three hits with one walk, striking out five over seven sharp innings for host Chicago.
Milton Bradley had three hits and Reed Johnson homered for the Cubs, who have won four of five since losing a season-worst eight straight games. Mike Fontenot had two hits and two RBIs.
Phillies 9, Nationals 6 - Ryan Howard hit his club-record eighth career grand slam and added a solo homer to lead Philadelphia past visiting Washington.
Marlins 7, Mets 3 - Jeremy Hermida homered and drove in four runs, and Josh Johnson (4-1) yielded two runs on five hits over seven innings as Florida triumphed in New York.
Mariners 4, Angels 3 - Jose Lopez hit a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth off closer Brian Fuentes and Yuniesky Betancourt delivered the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, powering visiting Seattle.
Rockies 8, Padres 7 - Garrett Atkins raced home from first base with two outs in the ninth and Colorado rallied against closer Heath Bell to beat visiting San Diego. Bell (2-1) blew his first save in 15 chances.
Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 - Eric Byrnes singled home Mark Reynolds in the 11th, lifting host Arizona over Atlanta.
White Sox 5, Royals 3 - Jim Thome drove in two runs and Scott Podsednik and Alexei Ramirez delivered RBI singles in the top of the ninth to lead Chicago.
Tigers 6, Orioles 3 - Clete Thomas hit two solo home runs as visiting Detroit ended Baltimore's five-game winning streak.
Brewers 9, Reds 5 - Mike Cameron hit a go-ahead two-run homer in a six-run fifth inning, waking up host Milwaukee's latent offense.
Pirates 7, Astros 4 - Jeff Karstens pitched seven solid innings, Eric Hinske went 3 for 3 and reached base four times, and host Pittsburgh tagged Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez for five runs in 4 2/3 innings to snap a three-game skid.
Rangers 14, Athletics 1 - Brandon McCarthy (5-2) pitched six strong innings, Hank Blalock and Marlon Byrd hit back-to-back homers, and Texas routed visiting Oakland.
Cardinals 6, Giants 2 - Albert Pujols had two homers, and Chris Duncan drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the seventh for visiting St. Louis.