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Oakland at Tampa Bay

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Oakland (65-65)0000000022110
Tampa Bay (49-79) «02402220x12150

Devil Rays 12, Athletics 2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- What a difference a day makes.

James Shields carried a shutout into the ninth inning before giving up a two-run homer, and Tampa Bay beat Oakland 12-2 on Friday night -- roughly 24 hours after the Athletics pounded the Devil Rays by the same margin.

"The shutout would have been nice," Shields said. "Anytime you get a lead like that, you're in attack mode. But when you get beat like we did and then come back and do it to them -- now we have a series."

Shields (10-8) gave up nine hits and struck out eight, walking one and working out of jams in the third and sixth innings. The only runs he allowed came with one out in the ninth on Johnson's homer to right.

Grant Balfour closed out Shields' second win since July 17 -- a span of seven starts.

"(Shields) had a real good change up today," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "Not only was it a good change up, but it seemed like he could even locate it where he wanted to, so it made him extremely effective."

Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer in the second to give the Devil Rays an early lead. Navarro, batting just .230 entering the game, added a two-run double in the fifth.

"We were on the same page with Shields today," said Navarro. "We have to be for him to pitch that way. And I was madder than he was after the home run. We wanted the shutout."

The Devil Rays, who have the majors' worst record at 49-79, have scored 10 or more runs in just eight games.

"It was the same night, just reversed outcome," said Oakland outfielder Jack Cust. "Yeah, it's strange. We were saying that before it even got to the same score as last night."

Oakland, which moved back to .500 (65-65) one day after going above for the first time since July 7, lost for just the eighth time in 24 games.

Lenny DiNardo (8-7) gave up a pair of runs in the second before giving up four runs and six consecutive hits in the third. He was replaced by Ruddy Lugo without retiring a batter, and gave up six runs and eight hits in two-plus innings -- his shortest start of the season since moving to the rotation May 29.

"Everything I was throwing was predictable," DiNardo said. "It's not a time for me to get down."

Carlos Pena hit a run-scoring double in the third, scoring Akinori Iwamura from second. The RBI gave Pena a team-leading 82, and ties his season-high set in 2004. B.J. Upton, Delmon Young and Brendan Harris followed with consecutive run-scoring hits to make it 6-0.

Navarro's double pushed the score to 8-0, then Upton hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Carl Crawford added a two-run single in the seventh.

"The biggest part of tonight was the situational hitting, and we got that," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It was a pleasure to watch. It really was."

The Athletics put runners in the scoring in the third and the sixth, but Shields wiggled his way out by striking out Jack Hannahan in the third and jamming Mike Piazza for a pop out to shortstop in the sixth.

Notes

Young snapped an 0-for-20 slump with his double in the second, and Harris snapped a 0-for-16 slump with his RBI single in the third. ... CF Rocco Baldelli was shut down after he sat out his Class-A Vero Beach game Wednesday. Maddon said Baldelli is experience all-around soreness since his rehab started. ... Oakland RF Shannon Stewart was given a routine day off. ... SS Marco Scutaro returned to the lineup after being scratched before Thursday's game with a non-baseball condition. ... 2B Mark Ellis extended his hitting to nine games.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Shields
IP 8.1
H 9
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
Tampa Bay

D. Navarro
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Oakland Athletics
Jeff DaVanon, CF5020004 .232
Marco Scutaro, SS4010003 .260
Nick Swisher, RF3000011 .261
    Dee Brown, RF1000010 .000
Jack Cust, LF4010030 .274
Mike Piazza, DH4110012 .278
Dan Johnson, 1B4122002 .234
Mark Ellis, 2B3010001 .261
    J.J. Furmaniak, 2B0000100 .111
Jack Hannahan, 3B3010122 .257
Rob Bowen, C4020001 .235
Totals35211228  
Batting
2B - Jeff DaVanon (3, Shields), Jack Cust (15, Shields)
HR - Dan Johnson (13, Shields)
RBI - Dan Johnson 2 (48)
Team LOB - 8
Oakland Athletics
Lenny DiNardo (L,8-7) 2866101 3.57
Ruddy Lugo 3322220 6.91
Santiago Casilla 1122111 3.96
Jay Marshall 2322040 5.72
HBP - Wilson (by Jay Marshall)
Pitches-Strikes - Lenny DiNardo 53-33, Ruddy Lugo 51-26, Santiago Casilla 23-14, Jay Marshall 43-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lenny DiNardo 5-1, Ruddy Lugo 1-5, Jay Marshall 1-1
Batters Faced - Lenny DiNardo 15, Ruddy Lugo 13, Santiago Casilla 5, Jay Marshall 10
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5110011 .285
Carl Crawford, LF5132000 .313
Carlos Pena, 1B2211311 .265
B.J. Upton, CF5223012 .305
Delmon Young, RF5131010 .287
Brendan Harris, 2B4121001 .287
Jonny Gomes, DH4210113 .257
Dioner Navarro, C4124013 .207
Josh Wilson, SS3100013 .233
Totals3712151247  
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (25, DiNardo), Delmon Young (31, DiNardo), Dioner Navarro (14, R. Lugo)
HR - B.J. Upton (19, Casilla), Dioner Navarro (6, DiNardo)
SH - Brendan Harris (7)
RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (66), Carlos Pena (82), B.J. Upton 3 (60), Delmon Young (65), Brendan Harris (47), Dioner Navarro 4 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (26), Dioner Navarro 2 (11)
CS - Carl Crawford (9, 2nd base by R. Lugo/Bowen)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Harris-Pena, Shields-Wilson-Pena
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields (W,10-8) 8.1922181 4.09
Grant Balfour 0.2200100 6.59
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 114-81, Grant Balfour 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 10-5, Grant Balfour 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 33, Grant Balfour 4
Game Information
Attendance - 9592
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Mark Wegner