Price wins 13th, Rays beat IndiansJul 19, 2012 - 11:00 PM
Luke Scott homered and Jeff Keppinger added two hits and an RBI for the Rays, who managed a split in the series.
Price (13-4) allowed just two hits and three walks while fanning seven to take the AL lead in victories. He surged ahead of Texas' Matt Harrison for the honor.
"I felt good," said Price. "We got some runs early and that's always a positive. We played good defense and we put a good game together."
Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9) was tagged in defeat for seven hits and five runs, walking five and fanning five over 5 2/3 frames for the Indians, who have dropped four of their last six.
"That's why I felt that [Wednesday's] win was so important for us," remarked Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "You really don't want to come into the last game of the series trying to tie the series against David Price. He overpowered us."
Tampa broke the game open in the sixth, chasing Jimenez in the process. Despite retiring the first two batters, the Cleveland starter loaded the bases by plunking Desmond Jennings, allowing a Jose Molina single and walking Sean Rodriguez. Upton then cleared the sacks with a double to make it 4-0.
Scott Barnes came on but uncorked a wild pitch then saw Carlos Pena single home Upton for a five-run spread.
Scott doubled to start the seventh and scored when Keppinger followed with a double.
Price's only crisis came in the fifth, as the Tribe put runners on the corners with two down, but Aaron Cunningham flied out to end the threat.
Tampa's starter ended his outing by retiring the side in order, then Wade Davis struck out three over his two hitless innings of relief.
The Rays picked up the game's first run in the third, as Scott's blast with two down reached the seats in right.
Tampa blanked an opponent for the seventh time in 2012 and first since June 17 against the Marlins...Cleveland was shut out for the fourth time this year and for the third time in July alone...The season series ended in a 4-4 deadlock...Price eclipsed his win total for 2011 and is six away from his career best of 19 wins, set in 2010.
- CLEVELAND: 0
TAMPA BAY: 6
Jul 19 3:11 PM
- Jeff Keppinger double to left scored Luke Scott with none out. Runner on second and Elliot Johnson due up.
Indians 0, Rays 6 Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 19 2:38 PM
- Carlos Pena single to center scored B.J. Upton with two out. Runner on first and Ben Zobrist due up.
Indians 0, Rays 5 Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 19 2:20 PM
- Scott Barnes enters the game for the Indians with a runner on second and two out.
Indians 0, Rays 4 Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 19 2:16 PM
- Luke Scott two-out, solo Home Run (12) to right. Jeff Keppinger due up.
Indians 0, Rays 1 Bot 3, 2 OutsJul 19 1:04 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 19 12:12 PM
- Rays' Kiermaier expected to miss 8-10 weeks with broken hand May 23
- Rays-Marlins Preview May 23
- Indians-White Sox Preview May 23
- Indians' Joba Chamberlain (chest muscle) on disabled list May 23
- Baseball Capsules May 22
- Tigers beat Rays 9-4 but Zimmermann, Cabrera hurt May 22
- Ventura steps up, but Royals fall short, 3-2 May 22
- Ortiz gets 4 hits, Bradley's streak at 27, Bosox top Indians May 22
- Archer hit hard as Rays fall 9-4 to Tigers May 22
- Signs of progress for Stanton in Marlins' 8-2 loss to Nats May 22
- Indians-Red Sox Preview May 21
- Kiermaier breaks hand, Rays fall to Tigers 5-4 May 21