Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - David Price didn't put forth a vintage performance, but one still good enough to help the Tampa Bay Rays open a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles with a 4-3 win at Camden Yards.
Working out of several jams, the reigning AL Cy Young Award recipient held the Orioles to two runs despite surrendering 10 hits over a stressful five innings. The effort improved Price (7-5) to 6-1 in 10 starts since returning from the disabled list on July 2.
Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney combined for 2 1/3 scoreless frames to protect the one-run lead, with Rodney finishing out the ninth for his 28th save.
Baltimore squandered opportunities all evening long en route to their fifth loss in seven games. The Orioles recorded 15 hits, including three each from Matt Wieters, Danny Valencia and J.J. Hardy, but left 15 men on base.
The Rays made better use of their chances, getting a two-run homer from Matt Joyce and a solo blast out of Evan Longoria that helped deny Chris Tillman his 15th victory of the season. Both players finished with two hits in the triumph, Tampa Bay's fifth in six outings.
Tillman (14-4) served up both homers and was reached for four runs in six innings. Three of his four defeats this season have come at the hands of the Rays.
Wieters homered and drove in two runs for Baltimore, while Valencia went 3- for-4 with an RBI double.