Price gets 20th as Rays keep slim hopes alive with 6-2 win
The Rays kept their slim postseason hopes alive and David Price became the first 20-game winner in franchise history with a 6-2 victory over the White Sox.
The win was the Rays' 10th in their 11 games, but they again didn't get any of the help they needed. With the Orioles and Yankees winning, the Rays' were left with only one chance to make the playoffs, winning the second wild card.
They started the day 3 behind the A's, who were playing late this afternoon, and also behind the Angels, who won the first of two games vs. Texas.
By winning Sunday, the Rays do at least head home to play the Orioles on Monday at least technically alive. RHP Alex Cobb will face Baltimore LHP Wei-Yin Chen, and plenty of tickets are available.
Price was not as dominating as in his last start, but he held on to the early lead the Rays got him and worked seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two (and hitting another) and striking out 4.
B.J. Upton led the way with a pair of home runs, giving him 28 for the season, giving him a shot to be the first 30-30 player in team history.
The Rays struck quickly in the first, with Desmond Jennings opening the game with a triple and Upton following with his 27th homer, and Ryan Roberts adding a solo homer in the fourth to make it 3-0. The Sox closed to within 3-2 in the fourth when Price allowed three singles, hit a batter, and gave up a sac fly. And the Rays added on with two runs in the fifth, Upton starting the rally with a leadoff double, and Longoria doubling him in. Upton hit his second homer in the 9th.
Price improved to 20-5 and maintained his major-league best 2.56 ERA, also furthering his candidacy for the AL Cy Young Award.