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.