Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Sep 30, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Sep 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
CHICAGO David Price won his 20th game of the season Sunday to become the first pitcher in Tampa Bay Rays history to reach the coveted plateau.
Price allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings of the Rays 6-2 victory today against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
The victory kept the Rays slim postseason chances alive. But wins by the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles earlier in the day meant the Rays only hope is to catch the Oakland A’s for the second of the two Wild Card spots.
The Rays have three games remaining, all with the Orioles in a series that begins Monday night at Tropicana Field.
B.J. Upton hit two home runs to give him 28 on the season. Two more and he becomes the first 30-30 player in Rays history – 30 home runs, 30 steals. He has 31 steals.
Price, making his last start of the regular season, won his final four starts to top his previous career-high for a single season of 19 set in 2010.
Upton gave him a quick 2-0 with a first inning home run.
A solo home run by Ryan Roberts in the fourth inning made it 3-0.
The White Sox scored twice in the fourth inning on a single by Alex Rios and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Dayan Viciedo.
The Rays returned the lead to three runs in the top of the fifth when Evan Longoria doubled home Upton and a sacrifice fly by Ben Francisco scored Ben Zobrist.
Joel Peralta worked the eighth inning and Fernando Rodney worked the ninth.