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David Price dominates as Rays defeat Blue Jays 3-1



David Price allowed one unearned run while pitching into the ninth inning and Johnny Damon got his 2,600th career hit as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Thursday.

Price (4-3) is undefeated against the Blue Jays, winning eight times in nine starts. The left-hander allowed four hits and struck out 10 over 8 2-3 innings.

Damon had two hits, which moved him past Steve Garvey (2,599) into 75th place on the career list. His fifth-inning double (490) tied him for 59th place with Mickey Vernon on that list.

The Rays won their 12th consecutive home series over Toronto, since 2007.

John Jaso had an RBI double, Damon drove in a run with an infield single and Matt Joyce hit a sacrifice fly off Kyle Drabek (2-2) to put the Rays ahead 3-0 in the third.


In Kansas City, Missouri, Melky Cabrera homered, doubled and singled while driving in four runs, and Bruce Chen allowed one run in seven innings as Kansas City trounced Baltimore.

Cabrera, who also scored three times, hit a solo homer in the eighth off Clay Rapada.

Chen (4-1) gave up his only run in the first and then pitched shutout ball for the next six innings. The left-hander, who was KC’s biggest winner last year, allowed five hits and one run, walking two and striking out five. He has not lost a start in Kauffman Stadium since Aug. 12 last year against the Yankees. Since then, he is 6-0 in nine starts at home.


In Detroit, Brennan Boesch homered and drove in three runs as Detroit took advantage of some sloppy fielding to beat New York for the third straight time.

Derek Jeter didn’t play for the Yankees after leaving the previous night’s game with a right hip problem. His replacement, Eduardo Nunez, made two errors, including a high throw in the seventh that gave the Tigers two runs.

Rick Porcello (2-2) allowed two runs on eight hits for the Tigers. He walked two and struck out three.

A.J. Burnett (4-2) held Detroit hitless until the sixth inning, but made an error of his own that led to Detroit’s run in the first.


In Boston, rookie Mark Trumbo hit his sixth homer of the season as the Los Angeles Angels salvaged a series split at Boston, racking up 18 hits.

Bobby Abreu drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which was 0-6 against Boston entering the four-game series.

After ending the skid in a rain-delayed 5-3 win in 13 innings early on Thursday, the Angels chased Boston starter John Lackey (2-4) in the fifth after scoring eight runs on 10 hits.

Joel Pineiro (1-0) got his first win of the season, holding Boston to three hits over 5-2/3 innings. Relievers Rich Thompson and Francisco Rodriguez preserved the shutout as the Angels prevented the Red Sox from getting a runner past second.


In Oakland, California, Jack Hannahan and Lou Marson had RBI singles in the 12th inning to lift Cleveland over Oakland.

Hannahan’s bloop single to left off Craig Breslow (0-2) provided the go-ahead run, and Marson followed with another single to propel Cleveland to another late-inning rally. A night after their seven-game winning streak was snapped, the Indians won in their final at-bat for the seventh time this season.


In Seattle, Justin Smoak hit his fifth homer and Jason Vargas pitched a shutout into the eighth inning as Seattle downed Texas.

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