|Oakland (36-49) «||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||3||0||7||13||1|
|Tampa Bay (48-40)||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||7||0|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rajai Davis and Adam Kennedy gave a tired Dallas Braden some offensive support.
Braden (7-7), reinstated from the bereavement list before the game to pitch for the first time since July 1, allowed five hits, two walks and struck out six. The left-hander, who had spent most of the past week with his ailing grandmother, is just 3-2 despite allowing two earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts.
"He looked a little fatigued at the beginning," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He had a long week and he came out and the game was his."
Braden acknowledged he "felt bad" early on.
"We won. That's the most important part," Braden said. "Was I happy with tonight? Not really, but I got through it."
Braden arrived in Florida around 11 p.m. Friday.
"When you don't sleep for four days and don't eat anything, it'll be brutal," Braden said. "I didn't pick up a ball until two days ago."
Davis hit his two-run homer off Matt Garza (6-7) before Kennedy added another two-run shot on the only pitch Randy Choate threw to put Oakland ahead 4-2.
Garza allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings as Tampa Bay's nine-game home winning streak ended.
"I made one mistake and paid for it," Garza said.
Mark Ellis had a sacrifice fly and Orlando Cabrera drove in two with a double in the eighth that extended the Athletics' advantage to 7-2. Oakland won for just fifth time in 16 games.
Gabe Kapler gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead on an RBI single in the second. Ben Zobrist made it 2-0 with a sixth-inning run-scoring single.
"It just got away from us," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "It shouldn't, but it did."
Davis replaced right fielder Ryan Sweeney in third.
"He popped a ball up and I didn't like the way he ran down the line," Geren said of Sweeney. "Sometimes players take their frustrations out different ways. He didn't run down the line. He's never made that mistake before and I'm sure after today we won't again."
Oakland loaded the bases with two outs in the first, but failed to score when Garza retired Kurt Suzuki for his third strikeout of the inning. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one.
Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi left in the fifth with a bruised right elbow, and is day to day. He was hit on the elbow by a pitch during the second.
Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro departed in the seventh after he was hit on the side the mask on Jack Cust's foul tip. He needed assistance to walk off the field.
Navarro was scheduled to undergo tests at a hospital to see if he has a concussion.
"He was woozy and not feeling well," Maddon said.
Maddon was ejected in the ninth by plate umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing what was called an error on Michel Hernandez, who had tried to pick a ball up with his mask after stopping a low pitch.
Hernandez was first charged with a catcher's balk, but that ruling was changed by the official scorer to an error after the game.
Maddon, after watching a replay, said Nelson's call that let a baserunner advance one base on the play was correct.
|Players of the Game|
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|Adam Kennedy, 3B||4||2||1||2||1||1||1||.288|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||0||3||2||0||0||0||.260|
|Scott Hairston, CF||5||0||2||0||0||2||2||.298|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.274|
|Jack Cust, DH||4||0||0||0||1||4||4||.230|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||5||1||1||0||0||1||4||.287|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.192|
|Bobby Crosby, 1B||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.210|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Rajai Davis, RF||2||2||2||2||1||0||0||.261|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.218|
|2B - Orlando Cabrera (16, Wheeler), Matt Holliday (18, Cormier)|
|HR - Adam Kennedy (7, Choate), Rajai Davis (2, Garza)|
|SF - Mark Ellis (1)|
|SH - Bobby Crosby (2)|
|RBI - Adam Kennedy 2 (31), Orlando Cabrera 2 (30), Rajai Davis 2 (6), Mark Ellis (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (16)|
|SB - Orlando Cabrera (7, 3rd base off Bradford/Navarro), Rajai Davis (11, 2nd base off Wheeler/Hernandez)|
|CS - Rajai Davis (5, 2nd base by Garza/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Dallas Braden (3, Throwing)|
|Dallas Braden (W,7-7)||6||5||2||2||2||6||0||3.12|
|Michael Wuertz (H,10)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||2.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 90-60, Michael Wuertz 16-12, Brad Ziegler 14-10, Andrew Bailey 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 4-8, Andrew Bailey 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 25, Michael Wuertz 4, Brad Ziegler 4, Andrew Bailey 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|B.J. Upton, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.242|
|Carl Crawford, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.310|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.230|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||2||1||.293|
|Pat Burrell, DH||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.226|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.348|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||.261|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH-RF||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Dioner Navarro, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.223|
|Michel Hernandez, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.260|
|a-doubled for Kapler in the 7th|
|2B - Evan Longoria (27, Braden), Gabe Gross 2 (10, Wuertz, Bailey)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist (52), Gabe Kapler (23)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|PB - Michel Hernandez (1)|
|E - Michel Hernandez (1, (hernandez picked ball w/mask))|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Garza (L,6-7)||6.1||7||3||3||1||7||1||3.73|
|IBB - Kennedy by Dan Wheeler|
|HBP - Giambi (by Matt Garza)|
|WP - Dan Wheeler (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 104-69, Randy Choate 1-1, Chad Bradford 10-8, Grant Balfour 19-13, Dan Wheeler 13-6, Lance Cormier 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 2-9, Grant Balfour 1-0, Lance Cormier 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 27, Randy Choate 1, Chad Bradford 3, Grant Balfour 4, Dan Wheeler 4, Lance Cormier 4|
|Attendance - 33273|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson|