BALTIMORE — David Price gave up 10 hits, barely made it out of the fifth inning, and was admittedly exhausted after walking off the mound for the last time Monday night.
Not a great combination for success, yet the reigning AL Cy Young winner still found a way to beat the Orioles.
Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered, and Price grinded through the Baltimore Orioles batting order three times to help the Tampa Bay Rays earn a 4-3 victory in a duel between AL contenders.
Joyce hit a two-run drive in the fourth to break a tie and push the Rays toward their fifth win in six games. Price (7-5) was effective when it counted. He struck out six and allowed two runs as Baltimore went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 against the lefthander.
‘‘That’s why he’s one of the best pitchers in the game. He knows how to get out of jams like that,’’ Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. ‘‘When he needs a strikeout, he knows how to get it.’’
Said Price, ‘‘That’s the most draining it has been in a while. This [Baltimore] team is just, they’re tough. That’s why they’re in the position they’re in right now. We made some pitches when we needed to, had some hard-hit balls at some guys. You’ve got to have that good fortune sometimes.’’
Price has won four straight decisions since July 12.
‘‘You have to give David credit,’’ Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ‘‘David did not have his best night, but nevertheless . . . I really, really appreciated his effort.’’
Fernando Rodney, the fourth Rays reliever, worked the ninth for his 28th save.
Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (14-4) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings. It was his first loss in seven starts since July 6.
Matt Wieters had three hits and a home run for the Orioles. Baltimore outhit Tampa Bay, 15-10, but stranded 15 and went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
‘‘We got a good pitcher out of the game in the fifth inning and had good at-bats against Price and just couldn’t quite break it open,’’ Wieters said.
Price worked out of trouble in the fifth, using his 99th and final pitch to retire Steve Pearce on a sharp grounder with two outs and the bases loaded.