ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera got his first major league victory Tuesday night after Royals starter Luke Hochevar and Tampa Bay’s David Price staged a classic pitchers’ duel.
Eric Hosmer’s two-out single in the 10th inning drove in the only run in the Royals’ 1-0 victory that broke the Rays’ five-game winning streak. The run off Joel Peralta (1-5) was unearned after an error on Tampa Bay shortstop Ben Zobrist.
“We knew, the way Price has been pitching the last seven weeks, we had to have Hoch throw a game like he did, and he did,” said Jeff Francoeur, who scored the run after his single that preceded Zobrist’s throwing error. “(Hochevar) matched (Price) pitch for pitch and was better — he gave up one hit.”
Price and Hochevar both pitched eight innings, giving up a combined four hits.
Hochevar, the first overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, gave up one hit and struck out 10.
Price, the first overall pick in 2007, gave up three hits and struck out eight. It was the second time this month Price pitched eight shutout innings without getting a win to show for it.