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Price five-hits the Angels for the win

The Rays' six-game winning streak may have come to an end on Saturday, but they can still accomplish something on Sunday no team in baseball has done this season: win a series against the Rangers.

The Rangers, who have yet to lose consecutive games or drop a series in 2012, have rarely needed a bounce-back performance from one of their pitchers. After allowing seven runs in six innings Monday, Derek Holland's start in Sunday's finale is an exception.

Holland (2-1, 4.78 ERA) and Rays ace David Price (3-1, 2.63), both left-handers, take the hill Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Price, too, could consider Sunday's outing a bounce-back opportunity, but from a different perspective. He's actually coming off a complete-game shutout Tuesday in a 5-0 win against the Angels, but his experience against the Rangers has been quite different.

"It's good to have high confidence going in whenever you're facing a team like this," Price said. "I feel good right now. I look to do some of the same things I did against the Angels. Getting ahead and trying to get some early outs and stuff like that. Coming off an outing like that, it does do a lot for your confidence and whenever you're facing a team like the Rangers you've got to be pretty confident."

It really doesn't matter where Price has been: in Arlington or in Tampa Bay, the Rangers have gotten the better of him. They beat him twice in the playoffs in 2010, once last season, and he's 0-3 against them in regular season. In all, that makes Price 0-6 with a 5.30 ERA (31 runs in 52 2/3 innings) in nine career starts vs. Texas.

During the season, Price has thrown 6 1/3 innings in Arlington -- over two starts, which tells you how those days went.

"Yes, absolutely," Price said when asked if he has to overcome some bad memories. "It's something I've thought about. I remember pitching here 2009, July 4, I think that was probably my worst start in my career. Once you can get through this lineup and you can beat these guys for the first time, you can kind of get that piano off your back. I know I haven't beaten them. I've thrown a couple of games against them where I thought I threw the ball really well and it just wasn't in my fortune. I'm looking to come out there tomorrow and get my first win against the Rangers and go back to Tampa."

Rays: Versatile Zobrist plays a clean outfield
Ben Zobrist, who played second base on Sunday, has not committed an error in 253 career games (449 chances) in the outfield. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most errorless games in the outfield to start a Major League career since Darren Lewis turned in 392 from 1990-94 with Oakland and San Francisco.

Rangers: Harrison might have given away pitches
Left-hander Matt Harrison thinks he might be able to make an easy improvement just in how he holds his glove on the mound.

"One of the coaches said something about what I was doing with my glove," Harrison said, referring to his rough outing on Friday. "I was closing my glove real tight on the offspeed, and I had it open on the fastball. If that's what it was, it's an easy fix. But still, I really wasn't on the top of my game. A lot of pitches were up."

Harrison gave up six earned in five innings in an 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday.

Worth noting
Entering Saturday, the Rays and the Brewers were the only teams with more than one pinch-hit homer. Comments