ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - David Price retired 23 batters in a row after the Tampa Bay Rays scored an unearned run in the first inning.
The Detroit Tigers' offense, however, couldn't back him up as they lost 1-0 and failed to complete a 3-game sweep at Tropicana Field.
It was Price's first game back at Tropicana Field since the Rays traded him to the Tigers as part of a three-way deal with the Seattle Mariners at the trade deadline July 31.
Ben Zobrist reached on an error with one out in the first inning for the Rays. Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who didn't play in the first two games of the series, threw too high to first after fielding a grounder. Brandon Guyer then hit an RBI triple to right to give the Rays the lead.
Price struck out the the final two batters he faced in the 8th inning. Curt Casali swung and missed a changeup to end the inning. That was Price's 100th pitch of the day; he earned a standing ovation as he walked back to the dugout to end the 8th.
Rays right-hander Alex Cobb limited the Tigers to two hits over seven scoreless innings with two walks (one intentional) and six strikeouts.
The Tigers finished with four hits, two from Suarez.
Miguel Cabrera doubled to left with one out in the ninth. After Ezequiel Carrera came in as a pinch runner, Victor Martinez flied out to left and J.D. Martinez, on his 27th birthday, popped out to second to end the game.
Alex Aviila led off the third with a walk and Eugenio Suarez singled to left. Rajai Davis grounded into a double play and Ian Kinsler grounded out to third to end the threat.
Torii Hunter led off the seventh with a double and went to third when Cabrera grounded out to second. Victor Martinez was intentionally walked, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. But J.D. Martinez struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt and Nick Castellanos flied out to center to strand the runners.
Suarez hit a one-out double in the eighth, but Davis flied out to left and Kinsler struck out swinging against right-hander Brad Boxberger.