Moss’ 10th home run was the only hit the Athletics posted as they
won for the 11th time in 12 games and improved to 18-6 on the road.
Tommy Milone (2-3) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out
three over the first 5 2/3 innings to earn the win and Sean
Doolittle worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his fourth
Rays starter Erik Bedard (2-2) gave up three runs (one earned) and
only one hit while striking out a season-high six over 5 1/3
innings. James Loney and Yunel Escobar each recorded a pair of hits
and an RBI for Tampa Bay, which has dropped four straight and scored
only four times in the process.
Oakland used two walks and a pair of Tampa Bay fielding mistakes to
score twice in the second inning, both coming home on second baseman
Sean Rodriguez’s throwing error. Moss added to the lead in the
fourth with his blast into the right-field seats on a 0-2 curveball
from Bedard, who had not given up a homer since last September.
The Rays pulled within 3-2 in the sixth as Milone gave up a
run-scoring single to Loney and Escobar delivered a two-out RBI
single off reliever Fernando Rodriguez. Tampa Bay loaded the bases
with one out in the eighth, but Fernando Abad forced Escobar to
ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Oakland CF Coco Crisp and SS Jed Lowrie, both
suffering from sore necks, were held out of Wednesday’s game. …
Tampa Bay LHP Jake McGee has not allowed a run in nine appearances
during May, including a perfect seventh inning Wednesday. … Moss has
11 extra-base hits (four homers, a triple and six doubles) over the
last seven games.
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