Price, who struggled to put away Tigers hitters early in the Rays’ 6-3 victory at Comerica Park, knew that with his pitch count above 100, he had to turn it up if he was going to last long enough to pick up his club-record 15th victory.
The All-Star lefty did just that, striking out Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Guillen and Jhonny Peralta swinging on fastballs that clocked at 98, 99 and 100 mph, respectively. That triple-digit fastball was his 115th pitch.
“His fastball was electric (Monday night),” manager Joe Maddon said. “One of these days, he might throw the 115th at 115 (mph). Then we’d really have something to talk about.”
The struggling Rays offense did score six runs but could have had a lot more, squandering several opportunities. Ex-Tiger Matt Joyce hit a solo homer and had a sacrifice fly.
Price (15-5), however, didn’t need much support in helping Tampa Bay improve to 68-44 and move to 11/2 back of the first-place Yankees. He scattered five hits while striking out nine, though he walked four. In setting the club record, Price passed James Shields, Edwin Jackson (both 2008) and Rolando Arrojo (1998). (tampabay.com)