Series: Game 3 of 3

Detroit won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 19
in 11
Tampa Bay6
Game 2: Wednesday, August 20
Tampa Bay0
Game 3: Thursday, August 21
Tampa Bay1

Tigers 0

(68-57, 35-28 away)

Rays 1

(62-65, 29-36 home)

    1:10 PM ET, August 21, 2014

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: A. Cobb (9-6)

    L: D. Price (12-9)

    S: J. McGee (14)

    Rays manage one hit, but beat former ace David Price, Detroit Tigers

    Associated Press

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays overcame a masterful performance by David Price.

    Price allowed only a first-inning RBI triple to Brandon Guyer in his first start against his former team, and Alex Cobb and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

    "It's weird," Guyer said. "I've never seen a win like that."

    Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez and scored on Guyer's hit. Price then retired his final 23 batters, nine on strikeouts, to finish an eight-inning complete game.

    Cobb (9-6) scattered two hits, walked two and struck out six over seven innings, improving to 7-0 in his last 10 starts. After Brad Boxberger worked out of an eighth-inning jam, Jake McGee got three outs for his 14th save and complete a four-hitter.

    "What can I say, man?" Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "It really lived up to the billing prior to the game. Just happy we won."

    Kevin Kiermaier, inserted as a defensive replacement in right field, made a diving catch on Rajai Davis' flare with a runner on second and one out in the eighth.

    Price, traded to the Tigers as part of a three-team deal on July 31, got a standing ovation while taking his warmup throws before the bottom of the first.

    "That's probably as good as I've pitched in a game that went my way," Price said. "It's the least amount of hits I've ever given up."

    Price, taken first overall by Tampa Bay in the 2007 draft, got the save in the Rays' Game 7 victory over Boston in the 2008 AL championship series and was the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner.

    "All the stuff leading up to the game was awesome," Cobb said. "Definitely, David deserved everything he got from the crowd and leading up to the game with all the hype. Once it became game-time, the facts are we're streaking in the wrong direction a little bit and we definitely needed the win."

    Tampa Bay had lost four in a row after becoming just the fourth big league team to reach .500 in the same season after dropping 18-games under the break-even mark. The Rays lead the AL with 16 shutouts.

    "Classic pitchers' duel," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

    Alex Avila walked and Suarez singled to open the third, but Cobb got a double-play grounder from Davis and Ian Kinsler's grounder. The Tigers also failed score in the seventh when J.D. Martinez struck out and Nick Castellanos hit a flyball with runners on second and third.


    Tigers: Miguel Cabrera was the DH one day after aggravating an old right ankle injury sliding at home plate Wednesday night. "Generally speaking he's fine," Ausmus said. ... RHP Justin Verlander (sore right shoulder) threw a light bullpen with "no issues" and is scheduled to start one game in Saturday's doubleheader at Minnesota. He walked into Ausmus' office after the mound session and high-fived the manager.

    Rays: C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is scheduled to play for Class-A Charlotte Friday.


    The Rays are the first team since the 1915 St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League to win and lose a one-hit game during the same season. Tampa Bay allowed one hit in a 3-2 loss to Oakland on May 21.


    Tigers: Detroit heads to Minnesota for a four-game series that begins Friday night. The second AL wild-card leader trails Central Division-leading Kansas City by 1 1-2 games.

    Rays: Tampa Bay opens a seven-game, two-city road trip Friday night against AL East-rival Toronto.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumTropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
    Attendance19,189 (56.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:34
    UmpiresHome Plate - Will Little, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi

    Research Notes

    David Price has lasted at least 7 innings in 16 of his past 17 starts and he leads the league in IP per start (almost 7 1/2). And he's lasted 8 innings in 15 starts this season, 4 more than any other pitcher in baseball.
    Opponents are hitting .224 against David Price's fastball/cutter, tied for the second-lowest mark in MLB. The Rays are batting .272 against such pitches this season, which ranks 14th in MLB.
    So David Price threw a complete game 1-hitter at Tropicana Field in his first start as a visitor, something he NEVER did in 84 starts for the Rays at the Trop. Price became just the 7th player to throw a complete game with 1 or fewer hits allowed in the park's history, but is the ONLY player to record a loss after such a performance.
    David Price is just the third pitcher in the last 100 seasons to strike out at least 9 batters in a 1-hitter that he lost.
    From Elias: David Price is the first pitcher to throw a complete game one-hitter in his first appearance vs. his former team since Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals threw one against the Blue Jays in 2005. They are the only two pitchers to do so in the divisional era

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