Price Is Right for Rays
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) watches teammate Brandon Phillips roll over after making a catch against Washington Nationals' Kurt Suzuki during the third inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price yells in the dugout after exchanging words with home plate umpire Tom Hallion during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Tampa Bay won 8-3. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago (ap) — David Price struck out nine in winning for first time this season, Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead RBI single in a three-run eighth spurred by Alex Rios’ error and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox yesterday, 8-3, in a game marked by a spat between Price and home plate umpire Tom Hallion.
Price (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner walked two and threw 119 pitches.
Price and Hallion exchanged words as Price walked toward the dugout after throwing his last pitch. After the game, Price said Hallion used an expletive. Hallion called Price a liar.
The Rays lost all five of Price’s five previous starts this year and were the second team to lose in the first five starts by a reigning Cy Young winner. The Minnesota Twins lost in Frank Viola’s first seven games in 1989.
Jose Lobaton and Matt Joyce each homered for Tampa Bay, which improved to 4-9 on the road.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2
New York — Lyle Overbay sent a knuckleball from R.A. Dickey into the right field bullpen for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and New York completed a four-game sweep of Toronto.
Brennan Boesch homered in the second off Dickey (2-4), pitching in New York for the first time since getting his 20th win for the New York Mets last September.
Twins 5, Rangers 0
Minneapolis — Kevin Correia pitched eight sharp innings, Justin Morneau homered and Minnesota sent Texas to a second straight loss for the first time this season.
Correia (3-1) gave up six hits, struck out two and walked one. He allowed only one runner to reach third base while lowering his ERA to 2.23.
Athletics 9, Orioles 8 (10)
Oakland, Calif. — Third baseman Manny Machado made a throwing error on a bunt in the 10th inning and Oakland completed its comeback to snap a four-game skid and keep Baltimore from a four-game sweep.
Mariners 2, Angels 1
Seattle — Jason Bay and Michael Morse hit solo home runs and Seattle took three of four from Los Angeles to earn its first series victory of the year.
Bay tied it in the seventh with his second homer, connecting on the first pitch of the inning from Jason Vargas (0-3). Morse put Seattle ahead in the eighth against Vargas, hitting his seventh home run into the Angels’ bullpen.
Royals 9, Indians 0
Indians 10, Royals 3
Kansas City, Mo. — Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high five RBIs, and Cleveland beat Kansas City to split the first day-night doubleheader in Kauffman Stadium history.
The Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie shut down Cleveland in the opener, but Will Smith (0-1) couldn’t do the same after getting recalled from Triple-A Omaha for the nightcap.
The Indians scored twice off Smith in the second inning. Aviles hit his homer in the third, and then he added sacrifice flies in the fourth and seventh innings against his former team.
Corey Kluber yielded only Chris Getz’s two-run blooper in the fourth in a stellar spot start for Cleveland. Kluber (2-0) lasted seven innings and retired his final 10 batters.
Tigers 8, Braves 3
Detroit — Miguel Cabrera’s three-run homer in the seventh inning broke the game open, and Detroit finished off a three-game sweep of Atlanta.
Austin Jackson and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers, and Doug Fister (4-0) struck out eight in seven innings on a rainy night at Comerica Park.
Mike Minor (3-2) allowed a three-run homer to Jackson in the third, and although the Braves came back to tie it, Cabrera doubled and scored in the sixth to make it 4-3.
Infante hit a solo shot in the seventh, and Cabrera added an opposite-field homer off reliever Cory Gearrin.
Atlanta has lost four straight and is 3-8 since a 12-1 start.
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Pirates 9, Cardinals 0
St. Louis — Rookie Jeff Locke pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Russell Martin had two of Pittsburgh’s four home runs in a rout of St. Louis that gave the Pirates a series win and the NL Central lead.
Jones had three hits and John McDonald added an RBI double for Pittsburgh, which ended rookie Shelby Miller’s streak of 14 scoreless innings at home to start the season. The Pirates have won nine of 12 overall, leapfrogging St. Louis for first place.
Marlins 6, Cubs 4
Miami — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs, helping the Marlins avert a four-game series sweep.
Ricky Nolasco (2-2) gave up three runs in seven innings and retired the final 15 batters he faced. The Marlins improved to 6-19, still worst in the majors, and 3-10 at home.
Phillies 5, Mets 1
New York — Ryan Howard snapped a seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit double, Cole Hamels earned his first win of the season and the Phillies took advantage of a crucial Mets error to finish a three-game sweep.
Freddy Galvis homered, Chase Utley had an RBI single and Hamels (1-3) overcame six walks, which matched his career high. The left-hander held the Mets to two hits and struck out eight over six innings in his fourth consecutive solid outing.
Reds 5, Nationals 2
Washington — Tony Cingrani struck out a career-high 11 — including four in one inning — while pitching two-hit ball through the sixth, and the Reds avoided a four-game series sweep.
Brandon Phillips had a two-run single as the Reds (14-12) improved to a major league-worst 2-9 on the road.
Phoenix — Gerardo Parra tripled and scored twice, and Josh Wilson had a run-scoring double to help lead Arizona over Colorado.
Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was lifted in the bottom of the third inning because of a strained left shoulder.
Padres 6, Giants 4
San Diego — Chase Headley, Nick Hundley and Alexi Amarista homered off Ryan Vogelsong and San Diego beat San Francisco for its first three-game sweep of the Giants since May 2010.
Headley had three hits and Amarista scored three runs for the Padres, who’ve won four straight.
Dodgers 2, Brewers 0
Los Angeles — Clayton Kershaw retired 18 consecutive batters and struck out 12 in eight dominant innings, Carl Crawford homered twice against Kyle Lohse and Los Angeles beat Milwaukee.
Kershaw (3-2) scattered four hits and didn’t walk a batter while lowering his ERA to 1.73.
The 2011 Cy Young Award winner, who led the NL in ERA in each of the previous two seasons, hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last 18 starts — the longest active streak in the majors. The last time he did was July 24, 2012, when he gave up eight at St. Louis.