Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh - Recap - March 7, 2011
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Price pitches 4 innings in Rays win

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- David Price 's third spring start was very similar to his first two.

Tampa Bay's ace had a plan, and stuck to the script.

Price pitched four innings and the Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Monday.

"I thought I had some good off-speed stuff and that was something I wanted to work on," he said. "My fastball felt good. I threw a lot of two-seams down in the zone. I felt good."

The 25-year-old left-hander allowed one run and three hits in Tampa Bay's first victory since beating the Pirates in its spring opener on Feb. 26. He threw 60 pitches - exactly what manager Joe Maddon wanted him to hit - including 10 to 12 changeups.

"Whenever I needed a strike with the fastball I was able to get it," said Price, who lacked his usual command in his previous game against Toronto. "That's where I need to be and that's where I was. I'd like to get ahead a little bit more, but I was working on some stuff and it felt pretty good."

B.J. Upton drove in a run and scored for the Rays, and designated hitter Manny Ramirez went 1 for 3. Matt Bush , the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft and a converted shortstop, worked the ninth for the save.

Ross Ohlendorf pitched three innings for Pittsburgh, yielding one run and three hits. He went 1-11 with a 4.07 ERA last season, but won his arbitration hearing last month and was awarded a $2,025,000 contract for 2011.

The 28-year-old right-hander handled the first inning with ease, needing just five pitches to retire catcher John Jaso , left fielder Johnny Damon and third baseman Evan Longoria in order.

"They were just swinging," said Ohlendorf, who included more changeups and sliders in his second spring outing. "Jaso was a check swing and he's usually really patient. The pitch was probably a little better than he was expecting so he decided at the last minute to swing. I threw strikes, but they swung so it was a combination. It wasn't all my doing."

Matt Diaz , who signed with Pittsburgh over the winter, hit a two-run homer off Price in the fourth. Diaz is a career .335 hitter against lefties.

The Pirates have scored just two runs in their last 21 innings.

All-Star reliever Evan Meek tossed a scoreless inning for Pittsburgh in his first spring appearance. He had been hampered by a tight right calf.

"Things were a little quick," Meek said. "I found myself just trying to relax, go out and throw strikes, not really focus too much on velocity or anything. I really just wanted to get my work in and get back in the groove of things. It's a good step forward."

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