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Price throws 8 shutout innings; Rays top Twins 5-1

Price throws 8 shutout innings; Rays top Twins 5-1 Click to Enlarge Photo: AP - Jim Mone

Jul 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pushing the Tampa Bay Rays back toward .500 might be David Price's way of dampening trade rumors.

The All-Star left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings to win five straight starts for the first time in his major league career, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Price (10-7) gave up four hits, matching his season low, and struck out nine to increase his major league-leading total to 173. He got in trouble only once, giving up consecutive singles to Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar in the fifth before Eduardo Nunez grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Jake McGee got two outs for his eighth save in nine chances, completing a five-hitter.

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