ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP) Even before he earned his first regular-season win,
knew what it was like to get a standing ovation.
That doesn't mean he didn't enjoy this one, too.
Price struck out 11 for his first career victory and
got his 55th RBI of the season to help the
Tampa Bay Rays
5-2 on Saturday.
''It was fun out there,'' said Price, who tipped his cap to the cheering crowd of 36,052 when he left the game. ''Any win
you've got to look at all the positives. It's fun to be here. It's fun to pitch here.''
Price (1-0), who started the season at Triple-A Durham and was recalled Monday, gave up one run, five hits and two walks over
5 2-3 innings in his first start at Tropicana Field.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft was the winner out of the bullpen in Game 2 and picked up the Game 7 save
in last year's AL championship series against Boston, making the rookie an immediate fan favorite.
''David again, great stuff,'' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. ''His stuff was dominant.''
Longoria had an RBI single during a four-run third for the Rays, who have won two in a row after a season-high five-game skid.
had two RBIs, including a solo homer in the seventh, and
earned his second save.
(2-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings. He has lasted just four innings in three straight starts.
''It's tough right now,'' Liriano said. ''I just got to go out there and pitch and see what happens.''
The Twins are 5-16 on the road this season. Minnesota was hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position and is
1 of 20 overall the past two games.
''Another one of those games where I think we were facing a guy that was really, really throwing the fire out of the ball,''
hit a solo homer, Crawford had an RBI infield single, Longoria hit a run-scoring single and
drove in a run on an infield single to give Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead in the third.
Gardenhire said his team made ''some bad decisions'' on three infield grounders in the third, possibly missing out on potential
forceouts at second that might have changed the complexion of the inning.
put the Twins ahead 1-0 on an RBI grounder in the third. He has driven in 28 runs this month.
Price worked out of a self-induced, second-and-third, two-out jam in the second by getting a grounder to third from
on first after an earlier walk, Price fielded a routine grounder by
and proceeded to lob a throw well over first baseman
's head that put the two runners in scoring position.
''That was awful,'' Price said. ''The most unathletic thing I've ever done. That was embarrassing.''
Crede left in the fourth after fouling a ball off his left knee. X-rays were negative and although he is day to day, Gardenhire
doesn't expect him to play Sunday.
''There's just quite a bit of swelling,'' Crede said.
might also get a day off Sunday. He fouled off a ball just above his right ankle Saturday.
pitched 2 2-3 innings before being replaced by Choate with two on in the ninth. Choate got two outs, including an RBI grounder
Notes: Tampa Bay recalled OF
from Triple-A Durham after the game and optioned RHP
to the International League club. ... Maddon said DH
, out since May 11 with a strained neck, underwent a third round of shots for the injury and will likely have his status reviewed
on Tuesday. ... Twins OF
, bothered by a sore knee, was rested. ... Tampa Bay LHP
(right quadriceps strain) is playing catch, but team officials are still talking about how to put together his overall throwing
program. ... Crawford had his streak of 32 successful stolen base attempts - including 30 this season - stopped when he was
thrown out trying to steal second during the third. ... Liriano threw 47 of his 93 pitches in the third.