There is life in David Price's left arm. No one has ever doubted it. What no one fully understood, however, is how quickly that arm can restore life, too.

On a cool Friday night in the Bronx, Price did what he could to resuscitate the Rays' season. In one of those star-maker moments, Price owned the night. He held off the Yankees, and he stopped his team's losing streak. He re-established himself as a Cy Young candidate and his team as a playoff contender. He plugged back in the cord to the life-support machine, and he reminded the skeptics it's not time to turn off the lights.

When you get down to it, how much more can a pitcher do?

"He was huge," said fellow Rays pitcher James Shields. "He pitches well in big games, and he's been carrying us all season doing that."

The Rays are still in trouble, of course. A 5-4 victory doesn't change that. Tampa Bay has squandered enough games lately to stack the odds against them. They still don't hit enough, and they still leave too many men on base, and they still drive their fans crazy. By now, most people seem to agree the Orioles and Yankees are the trendy picks in the AL East.

On the other hand, there is Price, and there is a pulse, and there is a new set of possibilities.

This was a night when a pitcher measured up to the pressure of the moment. The Rays were one loss — maybe two — from convincing all of us that this was not their year. Yes, the math suggested they still had a chance, but their shortcomings argued they did not. Certainly, it was beginning to feel as if the Rays were fading from the race.