Final Score: Houston 2, Tampa Bay 1
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Jarred Cosart certainly made a strong
impression in his major league debut.
The Astros' highly-touted prospect carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning
as Houston edged the Rays, 2-1, to snap Tampa Bay's eight-game winning streak.
Cosart (1-0), who was drafted in the 38th round by the Philadelphia Phillies
in 2008 but was traded to Houston in a deal for Hunter Pence, allowed just two
hits and three walks over eight-plus innings. Bumpus Jones threw a no-hitter
in his professional debut for the Cincinnati Reds in 1892, and is the only
player to accomplish the feat in his first career start.
"All these guys have been great. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, but
went out there and did my thing," Cosart said. "Carlos (Corporan) did his
thing behind the plate, and I just tried to hit my spots. To get eight innings
in and get a win is all I can ask for. We have a great group of guys, and
hopefully we just get on a roll here."
Ben Zobrist had the Rays' first hit with a hard-hit single through the hole on
the right side with one out in the seventh inning.
David Price (3-5) needed just 87 pitches, 70 for strikes, to notch his sixth
career complete game. He gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out
three. The hard-throwing lefty also went the distance in his last start.
"Our eight-game winning streak was snapped. I can throw better. I just have to
keep going," Price said.
The Rays went into their final at-bat trailing 2-0. Cosart issued a leadoff
walk to pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson and was replaced by Jose Veras, who was
able to get Yunel Escobar to ground into a double play.
Desmond Jennings then reached on shortstop Jake Elmore's throwing error, and
moved to second on a defensive indifference. Luke Scott followed with a line
drive single to center field to score Jennings. Zobrist then laced a base hit
to center to put runners on the corners, but Veras caught Evan Longoria
looking at strike three to seal the win. It was his 18th save of the season.
With the bases loaded in the first, Corporan ripped a base hit to center to
score Elmore and Chris Carter.
Cosart was 7-4 with a 3.29 earned run average over 17 starts for Triple-A
Oklahoma City. He also had 93 strikeouts through 93 innings before being
called up on Friday. Houston optioned outfielder Jimmy Paredes to Oklahoma
City to make room for Cosart ... The Astros snapped a three-game losing streak
... Cosart threw 96 pitches ... Scott extended his hitting-streak to eight
games ... Price needed just 98 pitches to go the distance in his last start, a
3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on July 7 ... Price has allowed just three
runs over his last 26 innings pitched.
07/13 01:42:26 ET
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