Price gets first win as Rays beat Sox 8-3
LHP David Price got his first win of the season as the Rays beat the White Sox 8-3 and split their four-game series.
Price worked seven innings and was unhappy as he walked off the mound with the score tied in the 7th, chirping at home plate umpire Tom Hallion over what he felt should have been strike three a pitch earlier. The Rays bench apparently agreed as - of all people - Jeremy Hellickson was ejected.
But Price had reason to be in better spirits shortly as the Rays rallied for three in the eighth to take the lead.
Sean Rodriguez singled, sent to second on a wild pitch and, after Matt Joyce walked, scored on Ben Zobrist's single.
Evan Longoria walked to load the bases and the Rays got a huge break with two outs when Ryan Roberts - left in to hit vs. RHP Jesse Crain - sliced a ball down the rightfield line that Alex Rios got his glove on but didn't hang on to, allowed two runs to score.
Joel Peralta worked the eighth and after the Rays added two more runs Fernando Rodney finished.
Price, last year's Cy Young Award winner, had made five starts without a win, and admitted it had been frustrating and humbling. He went 7 innings Sunday, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, striking out 9.
The Rays got their first three runs on home runs, a solo shot by Jose Lobaton in third, his second in four days, and a two-run shot in the sixth by Matt Joyce.
The Rays are off Monday, then open a three-game series on Tuesday in Kansas City, facing ex-teammate James Shields.