David Price allowed two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings. (Kathy Willens/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Fernando Perez clubbed his first Major League homer, a three-run shot in the second, but Edwin Jackson lasted only two innings as the Rays saw their AL East lead trimmed to one game over the Sox. Top prospect David Price made his MLB debut.
BATTING 2B: Floyd, C (13, Pavano). HR: Perez, F (1, 2nd inning off Pavano,
2 on, 2 out). TB: Bartlett; Longoria; Floyd, C 3; Hinske; Perez, F 5. RBI:
Perez, F 3 (3), Iwamura (42). 2-out RBI: Perez, F 3; Iwamura. Runners left in
scoring position, 2 out: Iwamura 2; Bartlett 2; Aybar, W. Team RISP: 2-for-9. Team LOB: 10.
BATTING 2B: Rodriguez, I (20, Jackson, E), Jeter (25, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, Al (33, Price). HR:
Rodriguez, Al (34, 1st inning off Jackson, E, 3 on, 0 out), Giambi (30, 2nd inning off Jackson, E, 1 on, 2 out), Jeter (11,
5th inning off Price, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Giambi 4; Jeter 7; Damon 2; Betemit; Rodriguez, Al 6; Rodriguez,
I 2. RBI: Rodriguez, Al 4 (100), Giambi 2 (92), Jeter (68), Betemit (23). 2-out
RBI: Giambi 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ransom; Gardner, B. GIDP:
Jeter, Rodriguez, I. Team RISP: 3-for-6. Team LOB: 2.