David Price (W, 1-0) was in ace form for the Charlotte Stone Crabs (33-41, 4-3) on Wednesday night at the Charlotte Sports Park. Price pitched five scoreless innings to lead the home team to a 3-2 win over the Marauders (30-45, 4-3). Price struck out eight Marauders, including all four men he faced in the second inning. Willy Garcia reached on a wild pitch with one out, but did not advance past first. Jose Osuna and Carlos Mesa each singled in the fifth, but they too were stranded when Price got Alen Hanson to pop out. Price walked just one batter and threw first pitch strikes to 15 of the 19 batters he faced. Bradenton fell behind out of the gate in the first. Three errors led to an unearned run against Joely Rodriguez (L, 0-1). Rodriguez bounced back, pitching into the sixth inning. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. The Stone Crabs led 3-0 when Rodriguez was lifted, and Ryan Beckman teamed with Joan Montero to hold Charlotte the rest of the way. After Beckman escaped a bases-loaded, one out jam in the sixth, the Marauders got active on offense. Willy Garcia led off the seventh with a double off Jim Patterson. Jose Osuna drove home Garcia, then scored himself on Jacob Stallings’ base knock. Patterson retired the next three batters to maintain a 3-2 lead. The Marauders went in order against Patterson in the eighth. Shae Crawford labored through the ninth for his first save. Crawford walked two batters and hit another to load the bases with two outs, but the side-arming lefty induced a game-ending grounder to short from Hanson. The Marauders will have Robby Rowland on the mound on Thursday trying to even the series. Charlotte counters with Jesse Hahn, who pitch five scoreless innings at McKechnie Field last Friday. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.