David Price struck out 12, his fourth straight game with double digits, but the Rays could not give him any support in a 3-1 loss to Houston Friday at Tropicana Field.
Jarred Cosart did not allow a run in eight innings. He only struck out two but kept Tampa Bay off balance, with very little good contact. The Rays' lone run came with two outs in the ninth off Houston closr Chad Qualls, an unearned run at that.
Price surpassed the 1000-strikeout mark for his career.
George Springer's two-run homer off Price, his only mistake of the night, put the Astros ahead 2-0 in the third.
Jose Molina had two hits for the Rays. After he led off the eighth with a single, when the score was still 2-0, pinch-runner Sean Rodriguez managed to wipe out the potential rally when he was thrown out trying to reach second after a wild pitch.
Houston tacked on a run in the top of the ninth when Jonathan Villar went deep against Juan Carlos Oviedo. Yunel Escobar drove in the Rays' run but with two out Ryan Hanigan struck out to end things.