Joe Maddon didn't think David Price was as sharp as he's been recently during the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 10-inning victory Saturday against the visiting Giants. Not that you could tell. Price pitched nine innings for the fourth time in seven starts since returning from the disabled list. He allowed a run on five hits and struck out five. Once again he didn't walk a batter. The Rays' inability to hit with runners in scoring position made Price the first Rays pitcher to go nine innings and not be involved in the decision since Wade Davis did it against the Tigers on Aug. 24 2011. "David probably was not at his best but he pitched nine innings and he gave us a chance to win" Maddon said. The Giants' lone run against Price came in the third inning and was built on a pair of singles sandwiched around a comebacker to the mound that moved Jeff Francoeur into scoring position. Brandon Crawford drove Francoeur home with a bouncer up the middle. The Giants had runners on second and third with two out in the fifth but Price got out of that by getting Crawford to look at strike three.
Rays' Price keeps dominant run intact
Tampa Tribune | Aug 4