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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Rays 5, O’s 0: Price tied for AL-lead with seven wins
Posted Jun 1, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 11:57 PM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays regained sole possession of first place Friday with a 5-0 victory against the visiting Orioles.
The Rays snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory while the O’s fell out of the tie for first place with their sixth-straight loss.
David Price improved to 7-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.44 with 7 1/3 innings of four-hit ball. It was the sixth straight start of at least seven innings for Price. That’s the longest streak of his career and the longest streak in the American League this season.
Here are some more notes from the win:
—Price has allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 11 starts. He has allowed two earned runs in his last three starts covering 21 1/3 innings.
His seven wins tie him for the most in the AL.
—LF Hideki Matsui homered for the second time this season. He now has home runs in each of his two starts. Rays manager pulled Matsui from the game after the six innings. The Rays had a 5-0 lead and Maddon wants to keep Matsui’s 37-year-old legs as fresh as possible.
—Luke Scott has a team-high 35 RBI after driving in two runs with a first inning single.
—The Rays scored five runs in the first inning for the first time since they scored five times against the Angels on May 1, 2011. The last time the Rays sent at least 10 batters to the plate in the first inning was May 27, 2009 at Cleveland.
—Jake McGee extended his streak of scoreless appearances to nine. Since the beginning of May, McGee has a 0.77 ERA with 14 strikeouts and two walks over 11 2/3 innings.
—B.J. Upton took over the major league lead for assists by a center fielder with six.