David Price struck out 11 for his first career victory and Evan Longoria got his 55th RBI of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Saturday.
Price (1-0), who started the season at triple-A Durham and was recalled Monday, gave up one run, five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings in his first start at Tropicana Field.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft was the winner out of the bullpen in Game 2 and picked up the Game 7 save in last year’s AL championship series against Boston, making him an immediate fan favorite.
The Rays have won two in a row after a season-high five-game skid.