David Price returned to his Cy Young form in his return from the disabled list Tuesday.
The former Vanderbilt All-American pitched seven shutout innings in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 8-0 victory over the Houston Astros at Houston.
He faced just one batter over the minimum, allowed three hits, struck out 10 and walked none. He picked off one runner from first, and got another out when a runner was caught stealing. Of the 70 pitches Price threw in his first Major League appearance since May 15, 48 were strikes.
The strikeouts were a season-high and the hits allowed were a season-low. It was just the fourth time in 10 starts he lasted at least seven innings.
Price missed 44 games with a strained triceps in his left (pitching arm). Before he was placed on the DL he was 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA and had lost his last two decisions. His only other win this season was April 28 against the Chicago White Sox.
In 31 starts last season, when he was named the American League Cy Young Award winner and an All-Star, he lost just five times. He was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA.