Washington, DC (Sports Network) - David Price spun seven strong innings on
Tuesday as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Washington Nationals, 5-4, in the
opener of a three-game set at Nationals Park.
Price (9-4) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and a walk
with four strikeouts to earn the victory. Jake McGee fired a perfect eighth in
relief and Francisco Rodney worked a scoreless ninth to nail down his 20th
save of the year.
Carlos Pena crushed a two-run homer and Elliot Johnson added a two-run triple
for the Rays, who swept the Nationals the last time these teams met back in
Chien-Ming Wang (2-3) was charged for all five runs on seven hits and three
walks in just 3 1/3 innings of work. Ian Desmond clubbed a solo shot and
Michael Morse added a two-run blast, but Washington lost its fourth straight
game after being swept by the New York Yankees over the weekend.
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