ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price pitched six strong innings to become the AL's first six-game winner as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Tuesday.
The AL East leaders improved baseball's top record to 28-11 heading into a two-game series at Yankee Stadium. New York began the day with the second-best mark in the majors.
Longoria, who has 21 RBIs in his past 19 games, had a run-scoring double off David Huff (1-6) in the third and a two-run triple off Hector Ambriz that was the biggest blow in a four-run sixth.
Price (6-1) won his fourth straight decision. The 24-year-old left-hander held the Indians to an unearned run and four hits before turning over a 5-1 lead to the bullpen.
Four relievers combined to limit the Indians to one run and two hits over the last three innings.
Cleveland shortstop Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a walk and also scored a run in his major league debut, filling in for the injured Asdrubal Cabrera. Shin-Soo Choo and Matt LaPorta had the other hits off Price, who walked three and struck out five.
The Indians put men on base in each of the first six innings. But they went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position against Price, with Choo driving home Donald from third base by grounding out in the fifth.
Travis Hafner's RBI double off Grant Balfour trimmed Cleveland's deficit to 5-2 in the eighth.
The Rays struggled with runners in scoring position, too, going 1 for 7 in key situations before breaking through against Huff and Ambriz in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Reid Brignac snapped a 1-all tie with an RBI grounder, and Jason Bartlett added a run-scoring single before Longoria's triple put Tampa Bay up by four runs.
NOTES: Price improved to 11-3 lifetime at Tropicana Field. He's 5-5 on the road. ... The Rays went 4-1 on their five-game homestand. Cleveland was 4-4 with series wins over Kansas City and Baltimore on an eight-game road trip. ... Indians CF Grady Sizemore was not in the lineup for the second straight day because of a bruised left knee. He's scheduled for an MRI exam on Wednesday. ... Cleveland manager Manny Acta said it's likely Cabrera will need surgery on his broken left forearm. Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, was injured Monday when he collided with 3B Jhonny Peralta while diving for a ground ball. ... Rays LHP J.P. Howell, who hasn't pitched this season because of a left shoulder strain, will be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The reliever shut down a simulated game due to discomfort in the shoulder on Monday.