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A's Overcome Lack Of Offense To Beat Rays

 
A's Overcome Lack Of Offense To Beat Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- Normally, when a team gets just a single hit, they end up on the losing side of the ledger.  Wednesday was not one of those nights.

Erik Bedard and the Tampa Bay bullpen allowed just a single hit to Oakland, but a pair of fielding miscues allowed the A's to escape with a 3-2 victory over the Rays.

Oakland took an early lead thanks on Bedard thanks to a pair of miscues by Tampa Bay in the field.  Yoenis Cespedes reached on a throwing error by Yunel Escobar.  Bedard then walked Derek Norris and Brandon Moss to load the bases.  Alberto Callaspo struck out, and Josh Reddick grounded into what would have been an inning-ending double play, but Sean Rodriguez's throw went in to left field, allowing Cespedes and Norris to score.

The Athletics remained without a hit until the fourth, when Brandon Moss hit a two-out, two-strike solo homer off Bedard to make the score 3-0.

That would be the only hit allowed by Bedard (2-2) on the night, though he also walked three and struck out six.

Tampa Bay crawled back into the game in the sixth, getting a leadoff hit by Wil Myers, followed by a walk to Evan Longoria.  James Loney then singled in Myers to make it 3-1.

Brandon Guyer and Sean Rodriguez each popped out, but Yunel Escobar cut the lead to a single run with a base hit to center, scoring Longoria.  The Rays could not get the game tied, though, as Desmond Jennings grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

Tampa Bay had another golden opportunity to try and even the contest in the eighth, loading the bases with one out before Escobar grounded into a double play to kill the rally.

Alex Cobb (1-1, 1,89 ERA) will look to salvage the finalecoming off the disabled list, as he takes on Oakland's ace, Sonny Gray (5-1, 2.10 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 4:10, with pregame coverage on WDAE starting at 3:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.  Thursday's game will not be shown on television.

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