David Price Twirls Complete Game, Rays Defeat Twins 7-3

David Price Delivers Complete Game Victory

David Price and David DeJesus led the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.  The win  improves the Rays record to 10-10 and the Twins fall to 9-10.

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The Twins entered the evening leading the American League in walks (94), pitches seen per plate appearance, on-base percentage (.354), and were third in runs scored (98).   Twins starter Kyle Gibson was coming off his third win of the season tossing a career-high 8.o scoreless innings allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out four Toronto Blue Jays to improve his record to 3-0 with an impressive 0.93 ERA.

David Price was entering the game coming off one of the worst starts that he has had since coming off the disabled list last year allowing six earned runs in just five innings of work while allowing a career high six extra base hits.

David Price (3-1, 4.19 ERA) quickly erased the poor showing against the New York Yankees by dominating the Minnesota Twins complete game victory. He allowed three runs on six hits striking out 12 and walking just one. It was Price’s ninth complete game victory of his career.

The Rays offense quickly put up three runs in the first inning off Kyle Gibson (3-1, 3.63 ERA). The trouble began for the Twins with Ben Zobrist at first and one out. Gibson got Matt Joyce to send a harmless popup to shortstop Pedro Florimon who lost it in the dome ceiling allowing Zobrist to move to second and Joyce to check in at first. Evan Longoria walked to load the bases and James Loney singled to drive in both Zobrist and Joyce and the Rays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

Wil Myers walked to re-load the bases and bring David DeJesus who was mired in a 0-24 slump to the plate and had not driven in a run all season.  He ended his hitless streak by smacking a line drive off the wall in right to drive in Evan Longoria for the Rays third run.

David DeJesus came up in the bottom of the third inning with Longoria at 3rd and Loney at second and delivered an RBI single to plate both and put the Rays up 5-0.

He ended the night going 3-4 with three runs driven in. He took extra batting practice with hitting coach Derek Shelton and said that Joe Maddon gave him some advice as well. “Joe told me to spread out and just use your hands, don’t use your body at all” DeJesus said. “I felt like I was able to translate that into the game and I was able to get some pitches to hit.”

David Price took the mound to begin the fourth inning having a 5-0 lead and had retired the first nine hitters he had faced.  Brian Dozier led off the inning with the Twins first hit and run via a solo homer. Joe Mauer followed with a single off Price’s body and came in to score on Chris Colabello‘s second home on the year and suddenly the Rays lead was trimmed to 5-3.

Price settled back in after the rough fourth inning and only allowed two hits and a walk the rest of the way. He only faced more than three batters in the 4th inning (six), 8th (four), and 9th (four).

Matt Joyce gave Price with some added insurance with a two RBI double scoring Ben Zobrist and Desmond Jennings.

Desmond Jennings returned to the starting lineup for the first time on the home stand and 2 for 5 with a run scored.

One of the more interesting plays during the game came during Yunel Escobar‘s plate appearance in the bottom of the fifth inning. The home plate umpire seemed to lose track of the count and the umpires went to replay to get the count in order. Unfortunately, even with replay they missed the count and Escobar struck out on a rare 4-2 pitch.

 

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