by Steve Carney
David Price allowed eight hits in four innings of work, but just two runs, and Evan Longoria's two-run double erased a 2-0 deficit to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday in Port Charlotte.
Price struggled with his command early, allowing first a leadoff double to Freddy Galvis, then Kevin Frandsen's single to right put runners on the corners before Michael Young's single scored Galvis for a 1-0 lead. Frandsen was thrown out trying to advance on the hit, and Price got Carlos Ruiz to strike out, and John Mayberry Jr. to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
Philadelphia added to their lead two innings later as Frandsen added a solo shot off Price into the Philadelphia bullpen.
Tampa Bay took the lead in the bottom of the frame, as Chris Gimenez led off the frame with a single off Kyle Kendrick, and moved to second two batters later on a groundout by Rich Thompson. Yunel Escobar then laced a double down the left-field line to bring around Gimenez to cut the deficit to 2-1. Kendrick walked Kelly Johnson, and Longoria lined a pitch to the centerfield wall to bring in both runners in what turned out to be the game-winner.
Price threw just 60 pitches in going four innings. Jamey Wright, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, and Brandon Gomes each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
Tampa Bay will wrap up this home-and-home series with the Phillies Saturday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, as Jeff Niemann will start against John Lannan. First pitch is at 1:05.