If Sunday was David Price’s final start ever in a Rays uniform at Tropicana Field, what a way to go out. Price threw a gem as the Rays blanked the Blue Jays 3-0. The Rays (44-53) take two of three from the Blue Jays (49-47). Speculation continues to swirl about a possible Price deal before the trade deadline at the end of the month.
Rays got on the board in the second inning. Yunel Escobar singled and Jose Molina was hit by a 73MPH knuckler by Toronto starter R.A. Dickey. Logan Forsythe came through with an RBI single with two out to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Rays struck again in the 6th after Escobar stole second against Dickey and Molina drove him in with an RBI single to right. Escobar was initially ruled out at the plate— but the Rays challenged and replays clearly showed Escobar slid in safely and the call was overturned. That made it 2-0 Rays.
Rays got aggressive in the 7th inning when they pulled off a double steal — Kevin Kiermaier stole 3rd and Ben Zobrist took second. Evan Longoria’s sac fly made it 3-0 Rays.
Price threw 8 shutout innings and allowed just 5 hits with one walk and 5 strikeouts as he improved to 9-7. Rays manager Joe Maddon took Price out after Price allowed a leadoff single to Melky Cabrera in the 9th. McGee finished it off for his 7th save. Dickey went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on the day but he gets the loss.
The Rays will be off for the All Star break. The second half of their season begins Friday in Minnesota against the Twins. Alex Cobb throws for the Rays in that game against Kyle Gibson. Our coverage on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM begins at 7pm with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.