Houston, TX (Sports Network) - David Price turned in a vintage 10-strikeout
performance in his return from the disabled list and Desmond Jennings knocked
in four runs as the Tampa Bay Rays took a 8-0 victory to blank the Houston
Astros for the second straight day.
Price (2-4) had been struggling in his six starts prior to being sidelined on
May 15 with a left triceps strain, but looked like his former Cy Young Award
winning self on Tuesday, tossing seven shutout innings of three-hit ball on a
mere 70 pitches.
Jennings backed his outstanding effort with three hits -- including a two-run
homer -- and also scored twice in Tampa's fourth straight win and seventh in
nine games overall.
Erik Bedard (3-4) lacked control of his command, walking six batters while
giving up four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He had allowed three runs or
fewer in nine of his last 10 starts coming in.
The Astros lost the opener of this four-game set, 12-0, and have lost five
straight games. They have totaled just five runs and have struck out 51 times
over the stretch.
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