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Braden helps Athletics stop Rays, end six-game skid

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dallas Braden gave Oakland another strong outing by a starting pitcher and Jack Hannahan helped it result in a win.

Braden allowed one run over five innings and Hannahan hit a three-run homer as the Athletics ended a six-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

"Everybody had a pretty good outlook today," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "We're trying to keep everybody positive. We had a little meeting about that and how to lead by example. We talked about it for about a half hour. The mood, I think, was positive."

Braden (2-0) allowed four hits, walked four and struck out one. Braden was making his first start of the season, replacing Joe Blanton, who was traded to Philadelphia last Thursday, in the rotation. The left-hander made 14 starts last year, but threw less than five innings in each of his final five starts.

"I just tried to battle and hang in there," Braden said.

Oakland's starting pitchers' have the major's best ERA at 3.48 ERA,

Hannahan put the Athletics ahead 3-1 in the fourth with his homer off Andy Sonnanstine (10-5). Hannahan is 3-for-8 with two homers against the Rays' right-hander.

Kurt Suzuki had an RBI double and Hannahan added a run-scoring single during a four-run eighth that made it 7-1. Hannahan's four RBI is a career-high.

"It felt good putting up some runs on the board," Hannahan said.

The Athletics had scored a total of nine runs during the six-game skid.

Sonnanstine gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings. He has allowed four homers in 12 1/3 innings over his last two starts.

"You can't win them all," Sonnanstine said. "They had some good at-bats."

The Rays, who are in first place in the AL East, dropped to 39-16 at home this season. Tampa Bay has lost nine of 12 overall.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the third on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Carlos Pena. The Rays (58-41) are just 16-15 when the opposition starts a left-hander.

"The solution is that we just have to hit better against them," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Just have to stay with it, hang with it and we're going to get better at it."

The Rays went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Over the last 12 games, they are 11-for-89 in those situations.

Oakland reliever Brad Ziegler didn't allow a run in the seventh and eighth to extend his career-starting scoreless streak to 23 2/3 innings, surpassing the AL record of 22 innings set by Boston's Boo Ferris in 1945, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Since 1900, George McQuillan of the Philadelphia Phillies holds the major league record of 25 innings, which he set in 1907.

"It's exciting," Ziegler said. "To be at the top of a league record so early in my career, it's pretty crazy."

Notes

  • Maddon and Tampa Bay executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman met for around 40 minutes after the game. Among the topics was looking for outside help with non-waiver trade deadline nearing. "We talk about stuff all the time, and we talked about that," Maddon said. "We talked about about a whole bunch of things. We're always trying to make it better."
  • Oakland 2B Mark Ellis was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore right shoulder. He is day to day.
  • Rays SS Jason Bartlett (sprained right knee) could be activated from the DL as soon as Thursday.
  • Oakland 1B Daric Barton (strained neck) might start a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.
  • Oakland DH Frank Thomas (right quadriceps) took on-the-field batting practice for the second straight day. He is slated to start a running program on Friday.
  • Tampa Bay RHP Gary Glover (strained left calf) threw in a simulated game.
  • Athletics RHP Joey Devine (right elbow) has minor neck stiffness and had his scheduled simulated game set for Wednesday pushed back a day or two.
 
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A's pitcher Dallas Braden notches a win in his first start of the season.  (AP)
A's pitcher Dallas Braden notches a win in his first start of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

K. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

J. Hannahan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Oakland Athletics
Ryan Sweeney, RF3210200 .307
Kurt Suzuki, C4131000 .287
Jack Cust, DH3000112 .225
    Rajai Davis, PR-DH1100000 .204
Matt Murton, LF5000013 .200
Carlos Gonzalez, CF3210200 .262
Bobby Crosby, SS4121003 .256
Jack Hannahan, 3B4124011 .229
Wes Bankston, 1B3000022 .267
Brooks Conrad, 2B4000011 .000
Totals3489656  
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (17, Miller)
HR - Jack Hannahan (5, Sonnanstine)
SF - Bobby Crosby (2)
SH - Kurt Suzuki (2)
RBI - Kurt Suzuki (28), Bobby Crosby (39), Jack Hannahan 4 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Hannahan (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Murton 1
DP - Murton-Hannahan-Conrad
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden (W,2-0) 5411410 4.05
Jerry Blevins (H,1) 1100020 0.00
Brad Ziegler (H,7) 2200100 0.00
Huston Street 1000010 4.09
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 90-52, Jerry Blevins 18-12, Brad Ziegler 37-18, Huston Street 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 3-9, Jerry Blevins 1-0, Brad Ziegler 4-2
Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 21, Jerry Blevins 4, Brad Ziegler 9, Huston Street 3
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B3110101 .277
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .260
B.J. Upton, CF4000012 .271
Carl Crawford, LF4020001 .271
Evan Longoria, 3B3010111 .275
Carlos Pena, 1B2011100 .232
Dioner Navarro, C3010103 .314
Willy Aybar, DH4000015 .236
Jonny Gomes, RF1000100 .192
   b- Gabe Gross, PH-RF2000010 .223
Ben Zobrist, SS4010002 .211
Totals3117154  
a-flied out for Iwamura in the 9th
b-grounded out for Gomes in the 7th
Batting
SF - Carlos Pena (5)
RBI - Carlos Pena (50)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Zobrist-Pena
E - Ben Zobrist 2 (6, Missed catch of throw)
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (L,10-5) 7533151 4.54
Trever Miller0133200 5.40
Al Reyes 1110110 4.34
Jason Hammel 1210100 4.55
HBP - Bankston (by Andy Sonnanstine)
WP - Trever Miller (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 92-65, Trever Miller 18-7, Al Reyes 21-12, Jason Hammel 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 6-9, Jason Hammel 3-1
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 27, Trever Miller 3, Al Reyes 5, Jason Hammel 7
Game Information
Attendance - 16800
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bob Davidson