ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season, David DeJesus drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Price (3-1) struck out 12 in his ninth career complete game.
DeJesus stopped an 0 for 24 skid with an RBI single during a three-run first and added a third-inning two-run single.
Kyle Gibson (3-1) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings for Minnesota. The right-hander had given up just two runs over 19 1-3 innings in his three other starts this year.
The Twins got home runs from Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello.
James Loney drove in two on a single and DeJesus had an RBI hit as the Rays went up 3-0 in the first. Tampa Bay was aided when shortstop Pedro Florimon appeared to lose Matt Joyce’s pop fly in the roof that dropped for an infield single and two walks.
DeJesus put Tampa Bay ahead 5-0 on a two-run single in the third. Joyce hit a two-double in the fourth.
Price retired his first nine batters, six coming on strikeouts, before Dozier opened the fourth with his sixth homer of the season. Later in the inning Colabello made it 5-3 on a two-run shot.
Colabello has 22 RBIs in 19 games this season.
Price was coming off a 10-2 loss Thursday to the New York Yankees in which he gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
The game was delayed 1:47 in the fifth when the umpires used replay to review the count on Tampa Bay’s Yunel Escobar.
NOTES: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on the lack of arguing with umpires this season due to expanded replay: “My face hasn’t gotten red, really, one time all year, and that’s not much fun.” Gardenhire does feel that replay will help the game. … Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore had left elbow ligament replacement surgery and could be sidelined 12 to 15 months. … The Rays activated RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo (right elbow surgery) from the 15-day disabled list. The reliever last pitched in the majors in 2011 when he was known as Leo Nunez and had 36 saves for Miami. … Tampa Bay CF Desmond Jennings (groin) returned after being out of the starting lineup the previous three games. … Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-2) and Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2) are Wednesday night’s scheduled starters.