ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jarred Cosart pitched eight shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay once again, and rookie George Springer’s two-run homer helped the Houston Astros defeat the Rays 3-1 Friday night.
Cosart (7-5) gave up six hits in winning his third straight start. He walked one and struck out two, retiring 12 straight at one point.
Cosart topped the Rays last Saturday in Houston, the Astros’ last victory before losing four in a row.
The pitching matchup against David Price (5-7) was a rematch of Cosart’s major league debut at Tampa Bay last July 12 in which he took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and finished with eight shutout innings and a win.
The Rays scored an unearned run in the ninth off reliever Chad Qualls, who got his ninth save. Yunel Escobar hit an RBI single with two outs before Ryan Hanigan struck out.
Springer long home run off the D-ring catwalk at Tropicana Field was his 13th of the season. It came in the third inning after the first of Jose Altuve’s three hits.
Jonathan Villar added a solo homer for the Astros in the ninth off reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo.
Price gave up six hits while striking out 12 in eight innings. It was his fourth straight game with double digits in strikeouts, tying Boston’s Jon Lester (in 2010) for the longest such streak since 2008. Price is 1-3 in those four starts.
A second-inning strikeout of Chris Carter was the 1,000th of Price’s career.
Altuve leads the majors with 101 hits. The Houston second baseman is 11 for 18 in four games since returning from a hand injury.
Brandon Guyer and Jose Molina each had two of Tampa Bay’s eight hits, all singles.
NOTES: Price leads AL pitchers in innings (115 2-3) and strikeouts (133), along with hits (116) and home runs (16) allowed. … With the signing of LHP Brock Burke, the Rays announced they have signed all 11 of their picks in the first 10 rounds of the draft. … RHP Brad Peacock, recovered from a case of food poisoning Monday night, will pitch for the Astros on Saturday against Tampa Bay RHP Jake Odorizzi.
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