Friday night, David Price was good for one win and several thousand pizzas. The Rays' left-hander set a career high with 12 strikeouts, and the bullpen shut the door on the Indians to secure a 5-0 win.
After consecutive starts in which he gave up five runs, Price silenced Cleveland's bats, allowing only four hits through seven innings. (He also managed to evade a homicidal shattered bat, which you can see at Mocksession.) Joel Peralta and Adam Russell were good for a scoreless inning of work apiece.
Casey Kotchman, suddenly everyone's favorite journeyman first baseman, hit his second home run of the season, and Sam Fuld was good for a pair of RBI as well as a spectacular running catch in left-center field.
The Rays now stand at 27-23, a game and a half behind the A.L. East-leading Red Sox. Despite dropping their third straight contest, the 30-18 Indians still hold the best record in baseball.
Tropicana Field ticket-holders win a free Papa John's pizza every time a Rays pitcher deals 10 or more strikeouts. The announced attendance figure at Tropicana Field was only 16,800. If Price can make a habit of recording double-digit punch-outs, he may just encourage more fans to show up for home games, because pizza is delicious.