The Tampa Bay Rays started the month of July the same way they ended the last three days of June: with a victory.
David Price threw seven innings for his seventh win, and James Loney's solo home run broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees Tuesday.
Both Price and Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda matched each other nearly pitch for pitch until the fourth inning, when Matt Joyce led off with an infield single. He moved to third on a base hit by Evan Longoria. After Loney struck out, Logan Forsythe picked up his teammate with a base hit, scoring Joyce to make it 1-0.
That lead would be short-lived, as Derek Jeter led off the bottom of the inning with a double. The Yankees captain would take third on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury, and when Price picked Ellsbury off first base, the Rays defense could not perform the rundown, and Ben Zobrist's throw hit Ellsbury in the back, allowing Jeter to tie the game.
The Rays would regain the lead for good on the first pitch of the sixth inning, when Loney would take a Kuroda splitter and put it in the Yankees bullpen to break the tie.
Price would allow just the single run on four hits, walking three and striking out nine to improve to 7-7 on the season.
Jake McGee pitched a perfect eighth inning, and despite Grant Balfour allowing a leadoff walk to Carlos Beltran and a two-out free pass to pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson, got Yangervis Solarte to ground out to Loney at first base to lock down his 11th save.
Tampa Bay can go for the series sweep Wednesday, as Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.14 ERA) takes on Vidal Nuno (2-4, 5.42 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05, with coverage on WDAE starting at noon with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.
NOTES: Price's streak of five straight starts with at least ten strikeouts came to an end Tuesday. The current four-game winning streak equals the longest of the season for Tampa Bay, which was established May 22-25 against Oakland and Boston at Tropicana Field.