3/23/2013 4:05 P.M. ET
Price fans seven in Grapefruit return vs. Twins
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- In a familiar Grapefruit League matchup, the Rays and the Twins met Saturday for the fifth and final time this spring, and the Twins came away with a 6-4 win at Charlotte Sports Park.
David Price made just his fourth official start after pitching in Minor League contests in his past two outings due to the Rays having off-days when he was scheduled to pitch.
Wilkin Ramirez singled off Price to open the Twins' second. One out later he stole second then scored when Dan Rohlfing singled to left.
"I felt pretty good, Price said. I'm still searching right now, but I feel fine. My stuff is good. It's good in the bullpen. My arm feels good. ... I really feel like it took me until my fourth start [to really be in the groove]. That's when everything clicked for me. And I'm still kind of waiting for that right now."
Kevin Correia started for the Twins, making his sixth appearance of spring. The right-hander, who signed a two-year deal with the Twins in December, surrendered a leadoff home run to Jose Lobaton to start the Rays' third that tied the score at 1. Lobaton was 3-for-3 on the day.
Price walked in a run in the fourth, and third baseman Evan Longoria's error allowed another run to score to put the Twins up 3-1.
Correia surrendered back-to-back RBI doubles to Yunel Escobar and James Loney in the fourth. Loney then scored on center-fielder Aaron Hicks' error to put the Rays up 4-3.
Price allowed two earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings.
Correia went 4 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two.
The Twins pulled ahead in the seventh, 5-4, and didn't give up the lead. Rays' pitcher Jim Paduch struck Ryan Doumit out swinging, but he went to first on a wild pitch and was replaced by pinch-runner Drew Butera. Paduch then issued a walk to Chris Colabello, and both he and Butera scored on a single from Eduardo Escobar.
Up next for the Rays: Jeremy Hellickson will start Sunday afternoon when the Rays travel to Tampa to play the Yankees in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. The 25-year-old right-hander will be making his fifth appearance of the spring; he is 2-0 with a 4.97 ERA. Also slated to see action for the Rays are Kirby Yates and Joel Peralta. Adam Warren will start for the Yankees. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.