WASHINGTON (AP) - Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer and David Price bounced back from his worst start of the season to pitch seven strong innings, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Price (9-4) gave up four runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked one to help Tampa Bay win for the third time in four games. His last time out against the Mets, Price gave up seven runs in five innings.
Rays reliever Joel Peralta was ejected from the game in the eighth inning without throwing a pitch after the umpires found a foreign substance on his glove. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth inning for his 20th save.
Ian Desmond hit his career-best 11th home run and Michael Morse hit his first homer of the season as the Nationals lost their fourth in a row, one shy of their season-long slide.