St. Petersburg, FL (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays clinched their
second playoff berth in three years Tuesday night, beating the
Baltimore Orioles 5-0 behind another strong pitching performance by
19-game winner David Price.
Price (19-6) scattered six hits over eight innings and allowed
only one runner past second base. He struck out eight and walked
none in what likely will be his final start of the regular season.
The Rays entered Tuesday with a one-half game lead over the New
York Yankees in the AL East.
Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena hit solo homers to support the
25-year-old left-hander before a crowd of 17,891 that joined in the
celebration at Tropicana Field.
Dan Johnson and Ben Zobrist also drove in runs off Orioles
starter Brad Bergensen (8-11).
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