Indians bats silent no more against Price as Rays fall 13-0
After back-to-back shutouts against the Cleveland Indians, the Tampa Bay Rays felt pretty good about sending Cy Young award winner David Price to the mound Sunday.
But the Rays ace was in the hole from the start.
Price, who had never lost to the Indians in six career starts or allowed a three-run home run in 2012, did both Sunday.
Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall each blasted three-run home runs to knock Price out of the game after only five innings in a 13-0 loss by the Rays (3-3) before 21,629 at Tropicana Field.
Reynolds added a solo home run in the seventh on the first pitch he saw from Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth.
Price, who did not get a decision in the Rays' season-opening loss to the Orioles, allowed 10 hits, walked three and struck out three.
The Indians had failed to score a run in the first two games of the series against Rays starters Matt Moore and Alex Cobb.
Meanwhile, the Rays could do nothing with Indians pitcher Justin Masterson, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first but allowed only a pair of singles to Ben Zobrist. In fact, 15 Rays batters were retired in a row until Ryan Roberts singled in the eighth off reliever Joe Smith.
The Rays left after the game for a 10-game road trip that begins Monday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.