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Athletics 4, Rays 1 (11)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After 10 scoreless innings, the Oakland Athletics got a little help from the Tampa Bay Rays to finally break out.

Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer during a four-run 11th inning to help the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Tuesday night.

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"We need to start winning games because it's been frustrating," Holliday said after Oakland won for just fifth time in 15 games.

Holliday hit his fifth homer of the season on a two-out, 3-2 pitch from Joe Nelson. Adam Kennedy later added an RBI double.

"That was something," Athletics manager Bob Geren said. "Holliday, with two strikes, hit one of the longest balls I've seen all year."

Holliday got a chance to hit after Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett misplayed Jack Cust's grounder that should be ended the inning.

"It's definitely not on J.B.," Nelson said. "That's where I need to step up."

Santiago Casilla (1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win, which stopped Oakland's four-game losing streak.

Willy Aybar hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the bottom of the 11th.

The defending AL champion Rays (20-21), who had won four straight, failed in the attempt to move above the .500 mark for the first since they were 4-3.

"That's the kind of game that we've permitted to get away from us this year way too often," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We've got to starting winning those kind of games on a consistent basis."

Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields allowed four hits in 8 1/3 shutout innings. Dan Wheeler (1-1) took the loss.

"I've always said it's not how you pitch, it's when you pitch," Shields said. "Our team is a good team, and we're going to come back from this. Their pitcher did a great job of counteracting what I was doing out there."

Shields is 1-3 in his last six starts despite allowing 16 runs -- 13 earned -- in 40 2/3 innings.

Athletics left-hander Josh Outman gave up three hits, one walk and struck out six over six scoreless innings.

"Obviously I'd like a win, but the team getting the win at this point is more important," Outman said. "I think this could right the the ship for us and we can stop giving up big numbers and let the offense work."

Oakland starting pitchers had given up 31 runs -- 23 earned -- over 13 innings in the previous four games. In losing all four of those games, the Athletics allowed 47 runs overall.

Orlando Cabrera started the first with a single and went to second when Holliday drew a two-out walk. Shields then started a stretch of retiring 17 in a row by inducing an inning-ending grounder from Jason Giambi. The run ended when Holliday hit a one-out single in the seventh.

Holliday had two hits in four at-bats. He entered 1-for-14 against the Rays this season.

Tampa Bay had two on and one out in the third, but failed to score when B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford struck out.

Upton had a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth against Andrew Bailey and went to third on a single by Crawford. After Evan Longoria struck out and Carlos Pena walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, Bartlett struck out swinging.

Bartlett went 1-for-4 with a walk, and is hitting .380 this season.

Notes

  • Rays C Dioner Navarro (pinkeye) was out of the lineup for the second straight game, but entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth. Maddon said with a smile that Navarro's eye looks like a "scene from a horror film."
  • Giambi went 0-for-3, and is hitless in 13 at-bats overall, against Shields.
  • Crawford stole his 25th base of the season in the 10th.
  • Tampa Bay's streak of scoring three or more runs in 21 straight games -- which was the longest active stretch in the majors -- ended.
 
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Tampa Bay

W. Aybar
AB 5
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Oakland Athletics
Orlando Cabrera, SS5020010 .238
Kurt Suzuki, C3100111 .313
Jack Cust, DH4100111 .262
Matt Holliday, LF4123112 .268
Jason Giambi, 1B4000115 .193
    Rajai Davis, PR-CF0100000 .179
Adam Kennedy, 2B5021000 .371
Ryan Sweeney, CF-RF4010001 .250
Bobby Crosby, 3B-1B4000001 .213
Aaron Cunningham, RF4000011 .000
    Jack Hannahan, 3B0000000 .133
Totals3747446  
Batting
2B - Adam Kennedy (2, Nelson)
HR - Matt Holliday (5, Nelson)
SH - Kurt Suzuki (1), Ryan Sweeney (1)
RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (26), Adam Kennedy (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (13), Adam Kennedy (3)
SB - Rajai Davis (4, 2nd base off Nelson/Navarro)
Team LOB - 6
Oakland Athletics
Josh Outman 6300160 3.31
Michael Wuertz 1100010 1.74
Andrew Bailey 2300230 1.42
Santiago Casilla (W,1-1) 1100020 2.87
Russ Springer 1111011 3.12
IBB - Zobrist by Andrew Bailey
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 99-61, Michael Wuertz 12-9, Andrew Bailey 44-24, Santiago Casilla 13-9, Russ Springer 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 3-9, Michael Wuertz 1-1, Andrew Bailey 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Outman 22, Michael Wuertz 4, Andrew Bailey 11, Santiago Casilla 4, Russ Springer 4
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF5010025 .184
Carl Crawford, LF5020012 .329
Evan Longoria, 3B5000023 .333
Carlos Pena, 1B4000121 .241
Jason Bartlett, SS4010124 .380
Willy Aybar, DH5121012 .274
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4020021 .297
Gabe Kapler, RF3000003 .200
   a- Ben Zobrist, PH-RF1000100 .276
Michel Hernandez, C2010001 .273
   b- Gabe Gross, PH1000010 .250
    Dioner Navarro, C2000002 .175
Totals41191313  
a-was walked intentionally for Kapler in the 9th
b-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Willy Aybar (1, Springer)
SH - Akinori Iwamura (1)
RBI - Willy Aybar (7)
SB - Carl Crawford (25, 2nd base off Casilla/Suzuki), Jason Bartlett (12, 2nd base off Wuertz/Suzuki), Michel Hernandez (2, 2nd base off Outman/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Longoria-Pena
E - Jason Bartlett (4, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields 8.1400250 3.43
J.P. Howell 2000010 2.33
Dan Wheeler (L,1-1) 0.1010100 5.65
Joe Nelson 0.1330101 5.82
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 98-62, J.P. Howell 18-14, Dan Wheeler 10-4, Joe Nelson 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 12-7, J.P. Howell 4-1, Joe Nelson 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 30, J.P. Howell 6, Dan Wheeler 2, Joe Nelson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12842
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Mike Winters