Phillies lose, but impress A.L. Cy Young winner Price

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria turns after tagging out Philadelphia’s Kevin Frandsen during the first inning Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Rays won 3-2.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Evan Longoria likes the way Tampa Bay's offense is shaping up in spring training.

The Rays may not have the type of lineup that figures to hit a lot of homers this year, however their three-time All-Star third baseman feels the team will be capable of scoring plenty of runs.

"We may not be hitting for much power, but we're doing a great job with runners in scoring position," Longoria said Friday after hitting a two-run double that helped the Rays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 despite a rough outing for reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price.

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Price was hit hard, allowing eight hits - though only two runs - in four innings. Kevin Frandsen had two hits off the left-hander, including a solo homer in the third.

Michael Young also drove in a run off Price with a first-inning single, the last of three straight hits the Phillies put together to begin the game.

While Price was encouraged that he allowed two runs and didn't walk anyone during the 61-pitch outing, he lauded the Phillies' patience at the plate.

"You don't see that a whole lot in spring training. Guys are doing whatever they can to make the team. Not a whole lot of guys take the approaches I thought they did," said Price, who hadn't allowed a run in two previous starts this spring.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed three runs and five hits in four innings. He struck out three, including Longoria to finish a one-two-three first.

But Longoria got the better of the right-hander his next time up, driving his double over the head of center fielder Michael Martinez.

"I hit it good. ... Obviously, he pretty much abused me in the first at-bat," Longoria said. "You live and you learn. I didn't want to really get too deep into the count again. He threw the exact same pitch he did the first at-bat."

The Rays minimized the damage against Price with good defense. Right fielder Matt Joyce threw out Frandsen trying to advance to third base on a single in the first inning and then followed with a nice throw to the plate to prevent Darin Ruf from scoring from third to end the fourth.

Young and Domonic Brown joined Frandsen in having two hits for the Phillies. Freddy Galvis doubled to lead off the game against Price and scored Philadelphia's first run.

Brown is hitting .424 with three homers this spring.

"He's probably the bright spot of spring training because of the way he's hitting," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "And he's getting better in the outfield, too."

Michael Stutes, Mike Adams and Aaron Cook combined to pitch four scoreless innings for the Phillies.

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