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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi wasn't as concerned with hitting his first home run of the season as he was with getting his batting stroke back in order.
"I just was more worried about taking good at-bats," said Giambi, after the A's ended their five-game losing streak. "We went on that road trip ... and I just got beat up a little bit. Then you start pressing and you start trying to swing harder to make up for it. Hopefully I can keep working and relax up there now."
It was the 396th career home run for Giambi, who signed a $5.25 million, one-year contract to return to Oakland after spending the past seven seasons with the New York Yankees.
It was also just the seventh homer hit this season by Oakland, the fewest in the majors.
"I've said it all spring, it's nothing new to us that this thing is going to happen," winning pitcher Dallas Braden said. "[Giambi] feels energized by it, and I think we all kind of got an uplifting spirit just watching him do what he does as he's creeping ever closer to that milestone."
Braden (2-2) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings for Oakland, which had dropped nine of 12 before beating Tampa Bay for its first win in a day game this season.
The A's lefty, who is the only Oakland starting pitcher to win a game this season, left after walking Pat Burrell to load the bases in the sixth. Braden told manager Bob Geren he tweaked his groin an inning earlier but downplayed the injury afterward.
"It was just more of a precautionary thing," Braden said. "No reason to try and battle. Heroes are made in September and October, not April."
Brad Ziegler pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings for his fourth save in five opportunities.
Matt Garza (1-2) gave up four runs in the loss. He struck out six in 5 2/3 innings but walked four, three of which scored.
"That one inning I tried to make the perfect pitch too many times and it cost me," Garza said. "I was kind of being stubborn, saying to myself that my two-seam was better than my four. I gave up one hit that inning and it cost me three runs and it cost us the game."
The homers by Giambi and Buck were shots in the arm for an Oakland team that went into the game last in the majors in numerous offensive categories, including scoring, home runs, hits, RBI and batting average.
Garciaparra, another offseason acquisition, made his first start defensively since injuring his right calf against Boston on April 14. He hit a three-run double in the fourth after Garza walked the bases loaded, then later singled to raise his batting average from .188 to .222.
The Rays scored their runs on Akinori Iwamura's RBI single in the fifth and Burrell's run-scoring single in the eighth.
|Jason Giambi reminds A's fans of what he can still do, clubbing his first HR since returning to Oakland. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.171|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.284|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.375|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.243|
|Pat Burrell, DH||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.250|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH-RF||2||0||1||0||0||1||3||.214|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.365|
|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.302|
|Michel Hernandez, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.222|
|b- Ben Zobrist, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|a-struck out for Kapler in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Hernandez in the 9th|
|2B - Gabe Kapler (5, Braden)|
|RBI - Pat Burrell (7), Akinori Iwamura (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell (3), Akinori Iwamura (7)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Garza (L,1-2)||5.2||4||4||4||4||6||1||4.97|
|WP - Matt Garza (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 107-62, Grant Balfour 10-4, Brian Shouse 13-8, Troy Percival 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 5-6, Brian Shouse 4-0, Troy Percival 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 25, Grant Balfour 2, Brian Shouse 5, Troy Percival 3|
|Ryan Sweeney, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.246|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.190|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||3||2||1||1||1||1||1||.211|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.238|
|Jack Cust, DH||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.286|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 3B||4||0||2||3||0||0||0||.222|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Travis Buck, RF||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.250|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.207|
|Landon Powell, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.125|
|2B - Nomar Garciaparra (1, Garza)|
|HR - Jason Giambi (1, Shouse), Travis Buck (1, Garza)|
|RBI - Jason Giambi (7), Nomar Garciaparra 3 (6), Travis Buck (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (4)|
|SB - Travis Buck (1, 2nd base off Percival/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Ellis-Cabrera-Giambi|
|PB - Landon Powell (1)|
|Dallas Braden (W,2-2)||5.2||4||1||1||3||2||0||2.52|
|Andrew Bailey (H,1)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.71|
|Brad Ziegler (S,4)||1.1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1.74|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 84-48, Andrew Bailey 20-13, Russ Springer 21-13, Brad Ziegler 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 4-10, Andrew Bailey 2-0, Brad Ziegler 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 23, Andrew Bailey 4, Russ Springer 4, Brad Ziegler 6|
|Attendance - 15432|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Angel Campos|