David Price turned in a vintage 10-strikeout performance in his return from the disabled list and Desmond Jennings knocked in four runs as the Tampa Bay Rays took a 8-0 victory to blank the Houston Astros for the second straight night.
Price (2-4) had been struggling in his six starts prior to being sidelined on May 15 with a left triceps strain, but looked like his 2012 AL Cy Young Award-winning self on Tuesday, tossing seven shutout innings of three-hit ball on a mere 70 pitches.
Jennings backed his outstanding effort with three hits -- including a two-run homer -- and also scored twice in Tampa's fourth straight win and seventh in nine games overall.
Houston starter Erik Bedard (3-4) lacked control of his command, walking six batters while giving up four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He had allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts coming in.
The Astros lost the opener of this four-game set, 12-0, and have dropped five straight games overall. They have totaled just five runs and have struck out 51 times over the stretch.
The Rays only came away with a sac fly from Wil Myers after loading the bases in the first inning, but got another threat going in the fourth to pad their lead.
James Loney and Jose Molina each reached with one out and then moved to second and third following a groundout from Kelly Johnson. Jennings then ripped a base hit through the right side to plate both runners and create a 3-0 lead.
Jennings added some more insurance two innings later when he stroked a two-run homer off reliever Josh Fields, giving the Rays a 5-0 cushion.
Price faced the minimum on 36 pitches through the first four innings before striking out five of the last seven batters he faced.
Tampa added three more runs in the ninth to tack onto its margin, with Yunel Escobar stroking a two-run double before Loney's two-bagger that followed capping the scoring.