(NEW YORK) — David Price picked up his AL leading 8th win of the season on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium after the Rays (32-25) downed New York (31-25), 7-3.
Price (8-3) only pitched five innings but was tested in his final inning of work facing Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano with the bases loaded. Once they were retired, his manager Joe Maddon gave him the rest of the night off with the team already 5-1 at the time.
“That’s not the position that I want to be in against anybody, especially against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium,” said Price of the last inning of work.
But Maddon was very appreciative of his pitchers effort.
“David was outstanding. He only threw five innings, but it was almost like he threw a complete game,” Maddon said. “The at-bat with A-Rod. Curveball, curveball, curveball, curveball. Strike three was incredible. Just an outstanding performance.”.
Both the Rays and Orioles are tied for first in the AL East.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN