Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 5/4/12
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- David Price struck out 12 over eight strong innings and Jose Molina hit his first homer of the season to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their sixth straight win, 7-2 over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. The Rays, who are a major league-best 19-8, improved to 13-1 at home and won for the 12th time in 13 games overall. Price (5-1) threw just 106 pitches while allowing an earned run, three hits and a walk. He is the second AL pitcher to win five games this season, joining teammate James Shields, who got his fifth victory Wednesday. Price also struck out each A's starter once, including Cuban rookie Yoenis Cespedes twice. Tyson Ross (1-2) had his second-straight rough outing, giving up seven runs on nine hits in 3 1-3 innings. Less than a week ago, Ross gave up nine runs on 11 hits against Baltimore. Molina hit a two-run homer in the Rays' four-run fourth.
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