ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- Tampa Bay Rays batters hit Kyle Gibson early and often, pounding out seven runs en route to a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay started by loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the first inning on singles by Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce and a walk to Evan Longoria. James Loney then singled in both Zobrist and Joyce for a 2-0 lead. Wil Myers then walked to reload the bases, and David DeJesus, who came in hitless in his last 24 at-bats, singled to right, scoring Longoria to make it 3-0.
The Rays added two more runs in the third thanks to another single by DeJesus, which scored Longoria, who singled to start the inning, and Loney, who followed with a double.
Price cruised through the first three innings perfectly, but Brian Dozier ended any thought of a perfect game, no-hitter, or even a shutout by hitting a solo home run, his sixth of the year. Chris Colabello added a two-run blast later in the inning to cut the lead to 5-3.
Singles by Zobrist and Jennings to start the fourth spelled the end for Gibson (3-1), and Samuel Deduno started his relief effort by giving up a double to Joyce to make it 7-3.
Deduno settled down afterwards, and only allowed one other hit while saving the Minnesota bullpen by going four innings.
After a shaking fourth, Price (3-1) returned to form, allowing just three other baserunners, none of them getting past first base. He finished with his first complete game of the year, striking out 12.
Tampa Bay will look for a series win with a victory Wednesday night, as Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 5.63 ERA) taking on Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 7.98 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with pregame coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.