Price Ks A-Rod with bases loaded, Rays beat Yanks

By Rick Freeman

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 7 2012 9:10 p.m. MDT

Baseball fans are treated to a rainbow during a slight rain delay before the baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees, Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Seth Wenig)., Associated Press

NEW YORK — David Price struck out eight over five scrappy innings to become the AL leader in wins and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3 on Thursday night to avert a three-game series sweep.

Price (8-3) finished his night by retiring two of the Yankees' most dangerous hitters with the bases loaded. Alex Rodriguez struck out after an 11-pitch at bat and Robinson Cano grounded out in six more, ending New York's best threat to cut into a four-run lead.

CC Sabathia (7-3) struck out 12 and matched a season high with 121 pitches for the Yankees, who lost for the fourth time in their last 14 and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position to lower their average in such situations to .218.

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