Less than two hours before he would pitch in his old home for the first time since the trade, David Price texted a member of the Rays PR staff and asked if, for old-time sake, they could play the song that always played as Price took the field for the top of the first inning: “Feels Good to be Here,” by Shawty Lo.

Of course they did.

In-game host Rusty Kath stopped his middle-of-the-first-inning monologue to applaud as Price headed to the mound. The crowd inside Tropicana Field stood and cheered.

“That was cool,” Price said. “When they kept cheering, I kind of had to step off. That was a good feeling.”

Then Price turned in maybe the best outings of his career -- eight innings of one-hit ball -- and lost.

The Rays won 1-0 when Brandon Guyer hit a backdoor cutter to right-center field for a first inning triple with Ben Zobrist on first base. Zobrist had reached on a throwing error. Guyer's was the only hit Price would allow.

“They are what I thought they were,” Price said of his old teammates. “I knew which pitches I could throw and which pitches I couldn't throw. Guyer, I shouldn't throw him a back-door cutter and I did. It was a good pitch, and he hit it well.”

Alex Cobb was nearly as good as Price. He allowed two hits and walked two in his seven innings, pitched out of a pair of jams and earned the victory against his old teammate and close friend.

“I thought David was impressive, and I thought Cobb was equally impressive while he was out there,” said Evan Longoria, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Price. “It was fun to watch, and not nearly as fun to be on the other side facing David.”

Price, who was traded to the Tigers on July 31, retired the final 23 batters he faced. Cobb retired 11 straight Tigers at one point.