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Price Ends Cleveland’s Streak at 14 – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 12th, 2011 by Chalk

Price Ends Cleveland’s Streak at 14
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The Cleveland American League franchise had won 14 straight games at home before facing David Price and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday night. Price didn’t allow a run until the eighth inning when the powerful Devil Ray bats had already staked him to a 7-0 lead, and Tampa went on to win 8-2. The Devil Rays have the best road record in baseball at 12-5 and are tied for first place in the AL East.

Cleveland hadn’t lost at home in over a month, since April 2. They’d reeled off four straight series sweeps against the Red Sox, Orioles, Royals and Tigers.

Price improved to 5-3 on the year with an impressive line: 8 innings pitched, 5 hits and 2 earned runs allowed, no walks and 7 strikeouts. “Price was just overpowering,” said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. “You know how overpowering a guy is when everyone knows what is coming and you still can’t hit it. He was that way for seven innings.”

“When he’s hitting the corners like he was tonight, he’s damn near impossible to hit,” said Cleveland outfielder Shelley Duncan. “He’s the best I’ve seen against us this year.”

As good as Price was, he still expects better from himself. “I got to be able to finish a game better than that,” said the lefthanded ace. “The eighth and the ninth inning right now are what are giving me trouble. I want to finish these games.”

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