It was going to be hard enough for David Price to face a Colorado Rockies offense which entered the night averaging a National League high 5.24 runs per game but to do so without command of his fastball and lack of maximum velocity but he battled his way through 6 innings and the Rays were only trailing 4-3 as the game moved to the bottom of the 7th inning.
Price made quick work of the first two hitters but Carlos Gonzalez singled to prolong the inning. Troy Tulowitzki smoked a ball that Evan Longoria knocked down but threw wildly to first which allowed Gonzalez to advance to 3rd and Tulowitzki to move up to 2nd. Nearing 100 pitches it looked as if Price had gotten out of the inning after Michael Cuddyer sent a routine grounder to shortstop Ben Zobrist but he had trouble getting the ball out of his glove and then threw wildly to first which allowed Gonzalez to score. Following the Cuddyer hit (originally ruled an error) Wilin Rosario walked to load the bases and then Price hung a curveball to Nolan Arenado who didn’t miss and hit his first career grand slam to give the Rockies a 9-3 lead.
David Price (1-3, 5.24) took the loss working 6.2 innings allowing 9R/9ER on 10 hits while striking out 5 and walking 3. Brandon Gomes worked 0.1 innings and Cesar Ramos worked a scoreless inning. Jon Garland (3-2, 4.75 ERA) earned the victory working the first 5 innings allowing 3R/ER on while striking out 2 and walking 1. Edgmer Escalona replaced Garland and worked a scoreless 6th and 7th inning before turning the ball over to Wilton Lopez who held the Rays scoreless for the final two innings. The loss drops the Rays record to 13-16 and the Rockies record improve to 18-12.
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The Rays did not hit a homer bringing to an end a streak of 17 consecutive games with a home run. They hit a total of 31 home runs during the franchise record 17 game streak.
Sunday Fireworks? Carlos Gonzalez hit a long home run in the 6th inning and Troy Tulowitski dug in and took a huge cut at the very next pitch. The next pitch barreled in and hit Tulowitski who stared down Price as he went to first base.
Earlier this season both reigning Cy Young winners started games which their teams lost 13-0. David Price to the Cleveland Indians and R.A. Dickey against the Boston Red Sox. Tonight both David Price and R.A. Dickey each gave up a grand slam in their start. David Price to Nolan Arenado and R.A. Dickey to Dustin Ackley of the Seattle Mariners.
This post has been updated. After the game the official scorer changed the ground ball off the bat of Michael Cuddyer from an error to a hit making all 9 of the runs against David Price earned.