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Price earns first win as Rays drop White Sox

Published:   |   Updated: April 29, 2013 at 06:32 AM

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David Price earned his elusive first win of the season on the same mound where he earned his 20th win last season.

Price threw seven innings Sunday in the Rays' 8-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. He allowed three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out nine.

Price, 1-2 in six starts, wasn't sharp early in the game. He allowed five hits in the first three innings, including a long two-run homer to Paul Konerko in the third inning that gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead.

But Price flipped a switch after that, retiring the next nine batters. He allowed just one hit and two walks the rest of the way.

The Rays made him a winner when Matt Joyce tied the score with a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Ben Zobrist drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI single in the eighth. The Rays caught a break that inning when Alex Rios dropped Ryan Roberts's fly ball to shallow right field with two out, allowing two runs to score.

It was the second straight win for the Rays, who split the four-game series with the White Sox.

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