ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- If Wednesday turns out to be David Price's last start as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, he certainly gave the 23,761 fans at Tropicana Field something to remember.
Price became the first pitcher in a decade to strike out ten batters in a game five straight starts, and threw 8 shutout innings to help salvage the finale of this three-game series with a 5-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tampa Bay needed just two batters to get on the board in the first inning, as Desmond Jennings led off the bottom of the first with a single off Charlie Morton, and scored on a triple by Ben Zobrist to make it 1-0. After Matt Joyce struck out, Evan Longoria then reached on an error, allowing Zobrist to score and make it 2-0.
James Loney singled, and Brandon Guyer was hit by Morton pitch to load the bases. Kevin Kiermaier lifted a fly ball to center that would plate Longoria for a three-run lead.
The Rays added on against reliever Jason Grilli in the eighth, as Zobrist led off with a single, moving to third on a base hit by Longoria, and scoring on Loney's second base hit. Kevin Kiermaier scored Longoria two batters later with an RBI bunt single to cap the scoring.
Meanwhile, Price was magnificent almost from the start, allowing just five hits and striking out 11 while the only run for Pittsburgh came on a solo homer by Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth.
Tampa Bay has Thursday off before heading to Baltimore for a four-game, three-day series with the Orioles, begining with a day-night doubleheader Friday. Alex Colome (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will be called up from Durham to start the matinee, while Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.29 ERA) will get his turn in the nightcap. Coverage on WDAE will begin at noon with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.
Below Is video captured (via Steve Carney) of David Price tipping his cap as he walked off the field.