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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays finally handed Esteban Loaiza a loss.
Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford had RBI singles during a tiebreaking three-run sixth inning as the Devil Rays beat Loaiza and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics 9-6 Saturday night.
Tampa Bay took a 7-5 lead on the hits by Baldelli and Crawford off Loaiza (9-8). Ty Wigginton extended the advantage to 8-5 with a bases-loaded walk off reliever Chad Gaudin.
"The only thing I can say is that they hit everything," Loaiza said. "I was doing what I had been doing, getting ahead in the count and making them swing the bats. They put the bat on the ball and everything went their way."
Loaiza allowed eight runs, 12 hits, one walk and had seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. He was 5-0 in his previous six starts, giving up seven runs -- six earned -- over 45 1/3 innings during the stretch.
"Loaiza's been a hot pitcher, especially of late," Wigginton said. "To go out there and put up those kind of numbers against him, it's a pretty good feat."
Frank Thomas homered for the fourth consecutive game for the Athletics, who started the day with a 5½-game lead over Los Angeles. The Angels hosted Toronto late Saturday night.
Tampa Bay received a solo homer from Greg Norton.
B.J. Upton had an RBI double, and Wigginton and Kevin Witt hit run-scoring singles during a four-run fourth that put the Devil Rays ahead 4-2.
"The one at-bat that was pretty big was Wigginton up there with two strikes on him," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "He threw him a fastball and he ripped it in the hole there with the infield in."
Norton had a sacrifice fly in fourth, and hit his 14th homer inning later to make it 5-3.
"It's kind of ironic because the two bottom dwellers of the AL in offense, we've swung the bats pretty well this series so far," Norton said. "Last night we battled, came back and just came up a little bit short. Tonight they were doing the same thing, and we got some big hits and we were able to come out on top."
The Athletics (.259) and Tampa Bay (.254) have the lowest team batting averages in the AL.
"When he (Loaiza) started out that game, I said 'heads up tonight,'" Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He looked very calm and confident. The fastball, the slider, the cutter, it was all going on. I thought this might be a difficult night. I just think we kept grinding out the at-bats."
Oakland tied the score at 5-5 in the sixth on Marco Scutaro's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Dan Johnson off Dan Miceli (1-1).
Seth McClung pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Thomas hit his 482nd career homer and Jason Kendall was hit by a pitch from J.P. Howell with the bases loaded to put Oakland ahead 2-0 in the second.
Thomas, who has 34 homers and 94 RBI this season, brought the Athletics within 4-3 on an RBI grounder in the fifth inning. He tied Billy Williams for 38th place all-time with 948 extra base hits.
Kendall has been hit by pitch 11 times this season, and 208 for his career -- seventh-most in major league history.
Ben Zobrist's RBI triple made it 9-5 in the seventh against Gaudin, who didn't allow a run in his previous 20 outings. Scutaro had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Howell gave up three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Tampa Bay LHP Scott Kazmir (sore left shoulder) hopes to resume playing catch in the next few days. He stopped his first session of playing catch in two weeks Friday after nine throws when he felt discomfort in the shoulder. ... Oakland CF Mark Kotsay will return to the Bay Area for treatment of a back injury. He could return Friday. ... Athletics 3B Eric Chavez, a five-time Gold Glove winner, misplayed Zobrist's grounder in the fourth for his fourth error of the season. ... This is Thomas' longest consecutive homer streak since a five-game run May 24-29, 1994.
|Players of the Game|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.296|
|Bobby Kielty, LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||3||.273|
|a- Dan Johnson, PH-1B||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.240|
|Milton Bradley, RF||5||0||3||0||0||1||2||.271|
|Frank Thomas, DH||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.276|
|Jay Payton, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||.298|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.241|
|Nick Swisher, 1B-LF||2||2||1||0||2||1||0||.254|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.244|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||3||0||1||2||0||1||3||.247|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Kielty in the 6th|
|2B - Bobby Kielty (17, Howell), Eric Chavez (21, Howell), Nick Swisher (20, Meadows)|
|HR - Frank Thomas (34, Howell)|
|SF - Dan Johnson (4), Marco Scutaro (5)|
|RBI - Jason Kendall (40), Dan Johnson (31), Frank Thomas 2 (94), Marco Scutaro 2 (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Kendall (14)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Eric Chavez (4, )|
|Esteban Loaiza (L,9-8)||5.1||12||8||8||1||7||1||4.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 89-64, Brad Halsey 2-1, Chad Gaudin 27-17, Jay Witasick 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 8-2, Chad Gaudin 1-1, Jay Witasick 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 30, Brad Halsey 1, Chad Gaudin 5, Jay Witasick 6|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Rocco Baldelli, CF||5||1||1||1||0||2||4||.303|
|Delmon Young, RF||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.386|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.305|
|Greg Norton, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||4||.308|
|Tomas Perez, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.210|
|Ty Wigginton, 2B-1B||4||1||2||2||1||2||1||.264|
|Dioner Navarro, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||6||.257|
|Kevin Witt, DH||4||2||2||1||0||1||0||.200|
|B.J. Upton, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.252|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.236|
|2B - Carl Crawford (19, Loaiza), Kevin Witt (1, Gaudin), B.J. Upton (3, Loaiza)|
|3B - Ben Zobrist (1, Gaudin)|
|HR - Greg Norton (14, Loaiza)|
|SF - Greg Norton (2)|
|RBI - Rocco Baldelli (42), Carl Crawford (69), Greg Norton 2 (35), Ty Wigginton 2 (63), Kevin Witt (5), B.J. Upton (6), Ben Zobrist (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Greg Norton (14), Ty Wigginton (32), Kevin Witt (4), B.J. Upton (3)|
|SB - Carl Crawford (48, 2nd base off Witasick/Kendall), B.J. Upton (7, 3rd base off Loaiza/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Zobrist-Wigginton-Norton|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Dan Miceli (BS,3; W,1-1)||1||3||2||2||1||0||0||4.68|
|Brian Meadows (H,4)||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||5.28|
|Seth McClung (S,6)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||6.17|
|HBP - Kendall (by J.P. Howell)|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.P. Howell 79-45, Shawn Camp 8-6, Dan Miceli 26-15, Brian Meadows 26-18, Seth McClung 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.P. Howell 4-3, Shawn Camp 1-1, Dan Miceli 1-2, Brian Meadows 4-2|
|Batters Faced - J.P. Howell 21, Shawn Camp 2, Dan Miceli 7, Brian Meadows 7, Seth McClung 5|
|Attendance - 22016|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|