The left-hander won't have to worry about Hallion behind the plate this time and doesn't believe the crew working the series will have any hard feelings as Tampa Bay tries for its second win in a row at Coors Field.
"I don't think umpires hold grudges," Price said before a 7-4, 10-inning victory over the Rockies on Friday. "If something happened directly to that umpire, maybe. I don't know. I don't think so."
The AL Cy Young Award winner accused Hallion of directing a profanity toward him when the two exchanged words after the seventh inning during an 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. After the game, the plate umpire called Price a "liar."
"It's about moving on," Maddon said. "It's about focusing on your team, your team doing well and not really worrying about the other stuff."
Price (1-2, 5.21 ERA) will try to build off his first victory, having recorded a season-best nine strikeouts and allowing three runs over seven innings against the White Sox.
In his only career start against the Rockies (17-12), Price yielded five runs and 10 hits over seven innings in a 5-3 loss at Coors Field on June 17, 2009. He laced a single in his first major league at-bat in that contest, but he's since gone 1 for 17 at the plate.
Fowler, batting .310 with a team-high eight homers, left Friday's game in the fourth inning after hurting his right hip flexor but hopes to play Saturday.
"I just landed weird. It's fine," he said. "It just tightened up on me. I knew it wasn't that serious."
Tulowitzki went 2 for 4 with two RBIs on Wednesday after missing two games with a shoulder injury, but the All-Star shortstop was out again Friday due to what he described as "heavy" legs.
Tulowitzki, intentionally walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth, is hitting .317 with six homers and a team-leading 24 RBIs.
"I'm thinking one game," manager Walt Weiss said. "Don't know for sure. Just one of those precautionary things. Just some soreness in his legs. Nothing major."
With Tulowitzki out of the lineup, Michael Cuddyer slid into the cleanup spot Friday and delivered a two-run homer. Cuddyer is batting .381 with four homers and 11 RBIs at home, but he's 1 for 12 with six strikeouts against Price.
Colorado counters with right-hander Jon Garland (2-2, 4.65), who looks to bounce back after allowing 10 runs and 18 hits over 12 innings in consecutive losses.
He's 5-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rays (13-15), though he hasn't faced them since 2008.
Garland will try to cool off Evan Longoria , batting .400 with five extra-base hits and five RBIs during the Rays' 3-4 road swing. He had the go-ahead, RBI single in the 10th inning Friday.
The Rockies have lost 11 straight versus AL teams at Coors Field.
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|April 27, 2013||Jose Molina||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|April 25, 2013||Yunel Escobar||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|March 31, 2013||Juan Carlos Oviedo||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|March 28, 2013||Jeff Niemann||60-Day DL||Right shoulder surgery - out for season|
|March 24, 2013||Luke Scott||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|March 24, 2013||Luke Scott||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|May 03, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Leg soreness|
|April 29, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Strained left shoulder|
|April 20, 2013||Todd Helton||15-Day DL||Left forearm inflammation|
|April 20, 2013||Jhoulys Chacin||15-Day DL||Left lower back strain|
|February 14, 2013||Edwar Cabrera||60-Day DL||Left shoulder impingement|
DENVER (AP) -- Nolan Arenado didn't saunter around the bases so much as soar.
The Colorado Rockies rookie third baseman wasn't trying to show anyone up - he was simply in that big of hurry to get into the dugout and celebrate his first grand slam.
"It was awesome," he said.
Grand slams usually are.
Carlos Gonzalez hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth and Arenado broke open a tight game with his big shot two innings later, sending the Rockies to a 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night in David Price 's first start since his run-in with umpire Tom Hallion.
After Arenado circled the bases, his teammates mobbed him at home plate.
And once he made it into the dugout, more high-fives and hugs awaited.
"It's a good feeling," said Arenado, who spent the early part of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, before making his major league debut on April 28 at Arizona. "But the main thing is we got the win. So, that was nice."
He was even presented the home run ball following the game. All he had to surrender to procure it from the fan was his autograph on another ball.
A small price to pay for such a big memento.
"It didn't take him long to get his first major league grand slam. It takes most of us years to do that," said manager Walt Weiss , who had one in his career. "This guy is a pretty good player."
His fielding was just as big as his bat. Arenado made a barehanded play on a slow roller in the sixth that had everyone exulting, especially his manager.
"I think Nolan showcased his skills tonight, on both sides of the ball," Weiss said.
Jon Garland (3-2) threw five solid innings and surrendered three runs to help the Rockies snap an 11-game home skid in interleague play. They're now 8-3 against the Rays at Coors Field.
For Price (1-3), this was a game he'd rather forget. The AL Cy Young Award winner struggled with his grip on the ball and wrestled with his command as he surrendered nine earned runs in 6 2-3 innings.
His biggest mistake? Easy, hanging a curve to Arenado.
"It just wasn't a very good curveball," Price said. "I felt fine out there. I just didn't make enough quality pitches and they hit my mistakes."
Price has had an eventful week after accusing Hallion of directing a profanity toward him during the Rays' win over the Chicago White Sox last Sunday. Price thought Hallion missed a pitch and exchanged words with the plate umpire while heading to the dugout after the seventh inning.
In this game, there were no confrontations with plate umpire Clint Fagan. Price didn't believe there would be, saying the day before that he didn't think umpires held grudges.
"I've got to get better," Price said.
Troy Tulowitzki finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs and was hit by a pitch. The All-Star shortstop didn't start the night before because of soreness in his legs and was taken out once the Rockies built up a big lead.
Gonzalez hit a deep solo shot to center off Price in the fifth to give the Rockies a 4-3. Two innings later, Colorado added five runs. Price got two quick outs, before Gonzalez reached on a single. Evan Longoria made a nice grab on Tulowitzki's grounder, only to throw wide of the bag and allow runners to move up a base.
Ben Zobrist was then off target with Michael Cuddyer 's roller, though it was later ruled a hit, allowing Gonzalez to score. After Wilin Rosario drew a walk, Arenado cleared the bases with his second homer of the season.
Price was staked to an early 3-1 lead but couldn't make it hold up. He surrendered a game-tying two-run double to Tulowitzki in the third.
That was after the Rays scored three times with two outs in the third. James Loney had a bloop double down the line and Kelly Johnson followed with a two-run single.
Loney had three hits to raise his average to.380, which would be among the AL leaders but he doesn't have enough plate appearances to qualify yet.
Colorado scored in the first when Tulowitzki laced an RBI single off the glove of Loney.
Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar left the game in the second inning after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Garland. The team said he had a bruised hand.
"It's pretty swollen right now," Escobar said through an interpreter. "It feels kind of stiff, but it's OK.
"I thought I broke it. I'm happy and grateful it's not broke. I'll try hard to get back on the field in a couple of days."
NOTES: Tampa Bay's relievers stood in the outfield grass during batting practice and watched Orb win the Kentucky Derby on the giant scoreboard. ... The Rays' streak of home runs in 17 straight games came to a halt. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (strained back) will come off the 15-day DL on Sunday to face the Rays, who will counter with RHP Alex Cobb . ... Colorado will hold a bobblehead giveaway on Sunday, handing out a Vinny Castilla replica to the first 20,000 fans. ... OF Dexter Fowler sat out after tweaking his right hip flexor on Friday. ... Arenado has eight hits this season, including four for extra bases (two homers, two doubles).