Oakland at Tampa Bay

Final 10th
Tampa Bay
W: D. Baez (2-0) L: J. Cruz (0-1)
HR: OAK - None   TB - J. Cantu (3)

Devil Rays 3, Athletics 2 (10)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In a game full of missed opportunities, Nick Green finally made the most of one.

Of course, even his game-winning hit came right after he failed to get a bunt down. Green's broken-bat single in the 10th inning gave the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

The teams went a combined 4-for-25 with runners in scoring position and Green almost added to the dismal production.

Joey Gathright began the 10th with a leadoff triple against Cruz and Carl Crawford was intentionally walked before Green failed to get the bunt down before getting his first hit with the Devil Rays on an 0-2 pitch from Juan Cruz (0-1).

"I put myself in a hole ... it was my fault," Green said. "It's definitely a nice way to end it, especially getting my first hit out of the way too."

Green was in the lineup for the first time since he was acquired from Atlanta for pitcher Jorge Sosa on March 31. He has been slowed by a groin strain.

"He got just enough," manager Lou Piniella said. "We had him in there, gave him his first start and he wins the ballgame with a timely base hit."

Danys Baez (2-0) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He faced one hitter in the ninth, getting Erubiel Durazo to hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

"That was the game," Baez said. "I knew it was the most important point of the game."

Baez also escaped a two on, one-out jam in the 10th.

Josh Phelps hit an RBI double in the first and Jorge Cantu hit his third homer of the season in the second. He homered twice in 173 at-bats last season.

The Athletics tied it at 2 in the fourth on run-scoring singles by Scott Hatteberg and Mark Ellis.

Oakland's Joe Blanton gave up two runs and four hits over five innings in his first major-league start. He made three relief appearances with Oakland late last year after going 11-8 with a 4.19 ERA for Triple-A Sacramento.

"One thing I had been working on going into the game was my mechanics," Blanton said. "They're still a little bit flawed. I was kind of fighting them the whole game, but the way my start went, I feel pretty good."

Rob Bell went six innings for Tampa Bay, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out six, walked two and hit a batter.

Oakland hit 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position. No. 3 hitter Eric Chavez struck out on the fifth and seventh, both times with two on and one out. Durazo, who hit fourth, ended both innings.

"We had a bunch of chances," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "We just couldn't get that breakthrough hit."

Julio Lugo and Cantu opened the bottom of the seventh with singles off Justin Duchscherer. After Toby Hall's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Duchscherer started an inning-ending double play by catching Gathright's liner and throwing to third to double up Lugo.

Tampa Bay had runners on first and third with one out in the eighth, but failed to score when Cruz retired pinch-hitter Chris Singleton on a short fly to left and struck out Travis Lee.


Tampa Bay C Charles Johnson was placed on the restricted list without pay, two days after requesting a leave of absence to handle a personal matter. Piniella said Johnson could rejoin the team by early next week. ... Tampa Bay promoted C Tim Laker from Triple-A Durham to back up Hall. ... Oakland OF Mark Kotsay went 3-for-5, giving him at least two hits in all four games this season. He tied an Oakland record with 57 multi-hit games last season. ... The Devil Rays obtained OF Reggie Taylor from Colorado for LHP Bobby Seay, who had been designated for assignment April 2. Taylor will join Triple-A Durham.
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Players of the Game

M. Ellis
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
Tampa Bay

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF5030000 .474
Jason Kendall, C4120101 .222
Eric Chavez, 3B3110224 .286
Erubiel Durazo, DH5000017 .176
Scott Hatteberg, 1B5021010 .250
    Charles Thomas, PR-RF0000000 .000
Eric Byrnes, LF3000012 .273
Mark Ellis, 2B5031011 .375
Nick Swisher, RF-1B5000036 .222
Marco Scutaro, SS5000012 .231
SH - Eric Byrnes (1)
RBI - Scott Hatteberg (1), Mark Ellis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (1)
SB - Eric Byrnes (1, 2nd base off R. Bell/Hall)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Duchscherer-Chavez
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton 5422111 3.60
Justin Duchscherer 2.1300010 0.00
Ricardo Rincon0000000 0.00
Juan Cruz (L,0-1) 1.2211120 5.40
IBB - Crawford by Juan Cruz
HBP - Huff (by Ricardo Rincon)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 86-47, Justin Duchscherer 28-18, Ricardo Rincon 4-0, Juan Cruz 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 6-8, Justin Duchscherer 3-2, Juan Cruz 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 20, Justin Duchscherer 9, Ricardo Rincon 1, Juan Cruz 8
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4010101 .250
Nick Green, 3B4011010 .200
Aubrey Huff, RF2100100 .214
Josh Phelps, DH3011010 .364
   a- Chris Singleton, PH-DH1000002 .273
Travis Lee, 1B4010013 .267
Julio Lugo, SS4010001 .214
Jorge Cantu, 2B4121011 .467
Toby Hall, C3010001 .231
Joey Gathright, CF4110003 .250
a-flied out for Phelps in the 8th
2B - Josh Phelps (2, Blanton), Travis Lee (1, Blanton)
3B - Joey Gathright (1, Cruz)
HR - Jorge Cantu (3, Blanton)
SH - Nick Green (1), Toby Hall (1)
RBI - Nick Green (1), Josh Phelps (1), Jorge Cantu (6)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Phelps (1)
SB - Carl Crawford (2, 2nd base off Duchscherer/Kendall), Aubrey Huff (1, 2nd base off Cruz/Kendall)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Lugo-Lee
E - Nick Green (2, Wild throw), Julio Lugo (1, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rob Bell 6522260 3.00
Casey Fossum 1.1100020 0.00
Jesus Colome 1300110 6.75
Danys Baez (W,2-0) 1.2200010 0.00
IBB - Chavez by Jesus Colome
HBP - Byrnes (by Rob Bell)
WP - Jesus Colome (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Rob Bell 99-61, Casey Fossum 26-17, Jesus Colome 20-11, Danys Baez 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rob Bell 3-9, Casey Fossum 2-1, Jesus Colome 1-1, Danys Baez 2-1
Batters Faced - Rob Bell 26, Casey Fossum 6, Jesus Colome 7, Danys Baez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 10223
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jeff Nelson