Sunday, April 07, 2013 6:17 pm
Reynolds, Indians hit Price hard, rout Rays 13-0
The Associated Press
Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall hit three-run homers off Price, Justin Masterson pitched seven strong inning and the Cleveland Indians hammered the Tampa Bay Rays 13-0 on Sunday.
"I've got to get out of my own way," Price said. "I'm just fighting myself right now with my delivery. That's something I'll work on, and get it worked out. This wasn't very good. I thought about it since I came out, I don't really have a positive from today, and that's kind of tough to deal with."
Reynolds homered twice. Carlos Santana had a career-high five hits, including a home run off Fernando Rodney and a pair of doubles. Michael Bourn also homered for the Indians.
Price (0-1) gave up eight runs, 10 hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six career starts against Cleveland.
It was a tough day for top pitchers. The reigning NL winner, R.A. Dickey, was roughed up by Boston by the same 13-0 score in a romp over Toronto.
"David, obviously was not sharp," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I am not concerned. It's just one of those days. I don't want him to stew on a game like this at all. Just throw it in the garbage can. There's another Cy Young Award winner that had a hard time today. It's really incredible what's going on."
It's just the second time - also on June 23, 2009 against Philadelphia - that Price has given up eight or more runs in a game.
Reynolds made it 4-0 with his big homer in the third inning and added a solo drive in the seventh off Kyle Farnsworth. Chisenhall's shot came in the fifth.
"He just left a curveball out over the plate and I was able to barrel it," Reynolds said. "You always feel good if you come away with a game with a knock against him. He's tough."
Masterson (2-0) allowed two hits against a team that's often tagged him. He was 1-7 with a 7.74 ERA in his previous 13 games against Tampa Bay, with the other win coming in 2008 when he was with Boston.
"He had something going on today that really we did not figure out," Maddon said. "He's good, really good. We've normally played well against him. Today he just had our number."
Masterson struck out eight, walked three and retired his final 13 batters. Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano completed a four-hitter.
The Rays had posted shutouts in the first two games of the series, winning 4-0 on Friday and 6-0 Saturday over Cleveland.
"When you get this game figured out, let me know," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "We hadn't scored in two nights. We're facing the guy that won the Cy Young. He's good. We made him work. We gave ourselves chances early, which is good. And we cashed in on those, which is even better."
Drew Stubbs hit an RBI single in the second, ending Cleveland's stretch of 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
Price left trailing 8-0. The left-hander got a no-decision on opening day, giving up two runs and seven hits over six innings in Tampa Bay's 7-4 loss to Baltimore.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Ryan Raburn walked to start the Cleveland third and Reynolds homered with one out. Reynolds is 4 for 24 with three homers against Price.
Santana had an RBI double in the fifth before Chisenhall's first homer this season.
Reynolds' second homer of the game came in a two-run seventh as the Indians took a 10-0 lead. Bourn hit a solo home run in the eighth.
NOTES: Indians RHP Cody Allen said there was no intent when he hit Rays 3B Evan Longoria in the buttocks with a pitch Saturday. Allen said Sunday he was trying to keep Longoria from getting his bat extended and the pitch got away from him. Maddon said after Saturday's game that he felt it was intentional and stemmed from a home-plate collision earlier in the game between Rays OF Desmond Jennings and Indians C Lou Marson. ... Marson, who left Saturday's game with a cervical neck strain, said he felt better Sunday and did some pregame on-field work. ... Tampa Bay went 3-3 on a season-opening homestand. The Rays start a 10-game road trip Monday at Texas.