Price displays perfectionist tendencies in Tigers’ win over Orioles

David Price retired the first 10 batters and the last 10 batters he faced Thursday.

Scott Rovak

LAKELAND, Fla. — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said before that David Price has perfectionist tendencies.

Those were on display in Price’s start Thursday, a 6-4 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Price allowed three runs on three hits while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.

All three of those runs came in the fourth inning.

Price got Manny Machado to ground out but Dariel Alvarez singled, Jimmy Paredes singled, former Tiger Delmon Young tripled and Nolan Reimold hit a sacrifice fly.

"After I give up that single, I’m one pitch away from getting out of that inning," Price said. "That’s what I ran into a lot last year and to me that was the most frustrating part. I’d rather give one in the first, one in the third and one in the fifth or something, not give up a three-spot when I’m throwing the ball as well as I was and felt as good as I did on the mound."

Price said his two-seamer to Young ran back over the middle of the plate.

Price retired the first 10 batters and the last 10 batters he faced. In every inning but the fourth, he looked dominant.

"Fastball location, for the most part, was pretty good," Price said. "Threw some good sliders in to righties, threw some really good change-ups. Curveball early was good. I liked the way I threw the ball today, I did. I just gotta stick with it there win that fourth inning. Those first two hits, those could go as outs. But when I’ve got runners on first and third with one out, I need a ground ball or strikeout right there and that’s what I need to work on doing a better job in that situation."

Price threw 81 pitches, 61 for strikes. He said if he could have finished the inning with 85 pitches through seven, that’s the type of game he likes to go all nine.

Price said physically he feels good, even getting up and pitching, sitting down and then pitching again multiple times.

"That’s when guys have a tendency to get tired or to get sore," Price said. "I didn’t have any of that. I haven’t had any of that in spring training. For me, that’s always the most important thing for a pitcher."

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