David Price’s Strong Start Wasted As Rays Lose To Astros 3-1

Rays David Price Fans 12 In Taking Loss To Astros

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The Tampa Bay Rays (29-46) lost to the Houston Astros (33-42) by a final score of 31. David Price worked eight strong innings picking up the loss to fall to 5-7 with a 3.81 ERA on the year. Jarred Cosart picked up the win for the Astros to improve to 7-5 with a 3.81 ERA and Chad Qualls came in to pick up his ninth save on the year.

While the bats have struggled to consistently score in June the starting pitching staff has found its groove. Entering tonight’s game the Rays starting pitchers in the month of June rank 7th in ERA (3.25),  lead the majors in strikeouts (176), second in opponents batting average against (.220),  third opponents on-base percentage against (.281), and fourth in opponents slugging percentage against (.337).

Unforutnately, they have also received the third lowest run support in the majors at 3.02 runs per nine innings ahead of only the San Diego Padres (2.02) and the Boston Red Sox (2.98).

The game followed the June script as David Price allowed just two runs (earned) on six hits striking out 12 and walking three while the offense could only push across a single run.

He entered the game with 997 career strike outs and struck out Chris Carter in the top of the third for his third strike out of the game and 1000th of his career.

He fanned Jesus Guzman leading off the seventh inning for his 10th strikeout of the game. It was his fourth consecutive game with 10 or more strikeouts setting a franchise record previously held by James Shields. The last pitcher to record four starts in a row with 10 or more strikeouts was Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox (August 27th through September 13, 2010).

The only dent against Price came in top of the third inning when George Springer blasted a 2-run homer off the D-ring catwalk in left field to give the Astros the 2-0 lead.

They added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a Jonathan Villar solo home run off Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Jarred Cosart  worked a gem holding the Rays scoreless for eight innings on just six hits striking out two and walking one.

He was replaced in the ninth inning by Chad Qualls. Evan Longoria reached first when Jonathan Villar couldn’t handle his slow chopper. He moved to second on an opposite field flair off the bat of James Loney.

Matt Joyce came in to pinch hit for Jerry Sands and struck out for the first out. Ben Zobrist came in to hit for Brandon Guyer and he grounded into a fielders choice erasing James Loney at second.

The frustration with runners in scoring position continues for Ben Zobrist as he is now 1 for his last 38.

Yunel Escobar delivered a single to score Longoria to cut the Astros lead to 3-1 and bring the tying run in Ryan Hanigan to the plate but he grounded out to end the game.

 

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