Rangers 3, Rays 0

Colby Lewis got the best of Tampa Bay ace David Price.

Lewis scattered four hits over eight innings, Elvis Andrus had
two RBIs and the Texas Rangers beat the Rays 3-0 on Wednesday.

”It was a pretty good battle with some pretty good pitchers,”
Texas manager Ron Washington said. ”(Lewis) pitched really well,
especially facing a guy like Price. Very nice win.”

Price (6-5) allowed three runs, five hits, one walk and struck
out eight in eight innings.

”Anytime you go against No. 1, he’s definitely doing his job,
and all I was trying to do was go out there and match him,” Lewis
said.

Lewis (5-5) struck out eight and walked two. Neftali Feliz
allowed a leadoff single to Ben Zobrist in the ninth before
wrapping up his 11th save and completing the shutout.

”He was definitely more aggressive,” Rangers catcher Yorvit
Torrealba said of Feliz, who has struggled recently.

Nelson Cruz put the Rangers ahead 1-0 on a fifth-inning RBI
single, and Andrus made it 3-0 in the eighth when he hit a two-out
single to right off Price – one pitch after Craig Gentry and Ian
Kinsler pulled off a double steal to get into scoring position.

”If the runners are not on second and third there, that ball
Elvis hit is just a normal out,” Washington said. ”Since we had
runners on second and third, the corners had to come in and we
pushed something pass them.”

Gentry had a double, while Kinsler drew the only walk off Price
in the eighth. Texas stole four bases overall during the
inning.

The Rangers took two of three from the Rays and are 7-3 over the
last 10 games, while the Rays have lost eight of 12 and now head
off on an 11-game, 12-day road trip that begins Thursday night at
Seattle.

”We pitched well enough and played well enough to win,” Tampa
Bay manager Joe Maddon said. ”But we didn’t hit and that’s been
our problem.”

Price faced the Rangers for the first time since losing both of
his starts in last year’s American League Divisional Series. In
four previous regular-season outings against Texas, the left-hander
went 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA.

”Price was throwing the ball well, and Lewis was awesome,”
Rangers DH Michael Young said.

Zobrist doubled in the first and went to third with two outs on
a passed ball, but was left stranded when Rays slugger Evan
Longoria struck out. No other Tampa Bay runner reached second base
over the next six innings.

Tampa Bay’s Sam Fuld singled and stole second with two outs in
the eighth. The Rays failed to capitalize when John Jaso hit a fly
ball to left.

”You can’t win if you don’t (score), so it’s tough,” Price
said. ”Those guys are out there trying and it’s not easy for
them.”

Notes: Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (left index finger blister)
said after the game that he has been scratched from his scheduled
start on Thursday night at Cleveland. ”It’s better to take care of
it now,” said Harrison, who hopes to throw off a bullpen mound
this weekend. … Cruz has driven in seven runs over his last nine
games. … Tampa Bay RF Matt Joyce, who entered with the major
league-best .370 batting average, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
… Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux (daughter Lexie) and first
base coach Gary Pettis (son Kyler) will miss part of the upcoming
four-game series with the Indians to attend high school
graduations. … Rays CF B.J. Upton was hitless in three at-bats
and is 3 for 30 with 15 strikeouts over his last 11 games.