- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays are on quite a roll.

Price won his sixth start in a row, Evan Longoria hit a three-run double, and the Rays earned their eighth straight victory by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Friday night.

“A little bit of the swagger is back,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

The Red Sox lost their fourth consecutive game.

Price (11-7) struck out 10 over eight innings. He tied the team record shared by Matt Moore and Scott Kazmir for victories in consecutive starts.

“Wonderful once again,” Maddon said.

This was Price’s first game against Boston since he hit David Ortiz with a fastball on May 30, setting off a verbal skirmish between the stars.

There was no trouble between them this time as Ortiz returned to the lineup one day after leaving a game because of back spasms.

“It’s feeling better,” Ortiz said. “After what we did last night and today when I got up and took some medication, it felt much better.”

Ortiz had words with plate umpire Bill Miller during an early strikeout, then hit an RBI single in a two-run sixth for a 3-2 Red Sox lead.

“It definitely felt good,” Price of striking out Ortiz. “He’s a tough out always.”

Price has pitched at least eight innings in eight of his last nine starts.

Ben Zobrist got his fourth hit, an RBI single that made it 3-all in the seventh. Later in the inning, Longoria delivered his go-ahead hit off Junichi Tazawa (1-2).

“We’ve won some games and we’ve done some things that kind of remind us of what we’re capable of, but by no means are we where we want to be,” Longoria said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Tampa Bay improved to three games under .500 for the first time since May 6.

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