- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - David Price was nearly untouchable, giving up just a run, and he still walked off the field in the eighth inning in line for the loss.

Then came the ninth inning, and everything changed for the Tampa Bay Rays.

David DeJesus homered and Matt Joyce hit a go-ahead RBI single as the Rays rallied in the ninth inning against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney to beat the Mariners 2-1 on Tuesday night.

“We needed a win, period,” Price said. “Whether it was a blowout or a game like that.”

Tampa Bay had been reeling, coming in having lost five of six. Price (4-3) was also trying to turn things around, having lost his last two decisions. Before the game he watched highlights from his 2012 Cy Young-winning season and he changed up his uniform for the game, going with high socks for the first time since he played for Triple-A Durham in 2009.

“Figured I needed to switch it up a little bit, and I guess it worked,” Price said.

Price kept the Mariners off balance most of the night, allowing one run and six hits in his second complete game this season. Eight of his 12 strikeouts came on called third strikes.

David dominated it. Really, we don’t win it without him pitching tonight,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “His focus was outstanding. The way he handled every moment - when there was a little trouble, he didn’t lose his tempo or his rhythm.

“He just stayed there and made pitches when he needed to.”

As good as Price was on the mound, Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma had been better, throwing eight scoreless innings. But Rodney didn’t hold up his end of the pitchers’ duel.

Rodney (1-2) had a 2-2 count on DeJesus when the designated hitter sent a fly ball down the right-field line, and all right fielder Stefen Romero could do was watch as the ball cleared the wall with a couple of rows to spare.

“I looked at the outfielder, he got to the wall, and I was like, ‘Oh gosh, I’ve got a shot,’” DeJesus said.

With two outs, James Loney golfed a single up the middle and was replaced by pinch-runner Sean Rodriguez. Desmond Jennings’ hard grounder to short hopped past Brad Miller, and then Joyce’s fly to right-center dropped in front of a diving James Jones to score Rodriguez.

“It’s been a tough start for us, and hopefully this is something that will get us going,” Joyce said. “This is definitely something we needed.”

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jones led off with a double down the left-field line and later scored on Robinson Cano’s groundout to first.

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