ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jarred Cosart had difficulty getting to sleep, so he spent much of the night before his major-league debut online and learned he was about to face the hottest team in baseball.
Turns out he had little reason to be restless.
The 23-year-old Cosart took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros beat AL Cy Young Award winner David Price 2-1 on Friday night to end the Tampa Bay Rays' season-best, eight-game winning streak.
"I try to stay off the Internet the day before, but I couldn't sleep last night," he said. "So I was messing around, I looked at the Rays' website, I see: 'Streaking Rays, Price pitching,' all that good stuff.
"It's a natural instinct. You're like, 'OK, they're good."
Cosart (1-0) limited the Rays, who have won 10 of 12 during a 14-game stretch against the American League's three worst teams, to a pair of walks before All-Star Ben Zobrist singled with one out in the seventh. Evan Longoria grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Cosart also yielded a single to James Loney in the eighth and was removed after walking pinch hitter Kelly Johnson leading off the ninth. Cosart threw 96 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Cosart said he was "very nervous" before facing Price, who reached out to him on Twitter early Friday.
"He tweeted at me this morning and said good luck, and most of all have fun," Cosart said. "I look up to him. He's one of the best pitchers in the game.
"That was my thing, not to go out there and try to be David Price or beat David Price. He's a Cy Young winner, All-Star, all that stuff. I knew if I did that I'd probably overthrow. I just wanted to go out there and be myself, pitch down in the zone."
Carlos Corporan's two-run, first-inning single provided all the support Cosart needed to beat Price (3-5), who allowed eight hits and struck out three in a complete-game performance.