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Jennings' first career HR sparks Rays' 5-run comeback

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wade Davis didn't get rattled after giving up five runs in the first inning. Still, Evan Longoria stopped the Tampa Bay right-hander in the dugout to offer some encouragement.

"He said, 'We're going to score five,'" Davis recalled. "And I believed him."

Longoria's words turned out to be prophetic, even if they were a little off target.

Desmond Jennings hit his first career home run and later added a two-run double in a seven-run seventh and the Rays rallied from five runs down to stun the Oakland Athletics 10-8 on Thursday.

It was the first time the Rays overcame a five-run deficit to win since June 1, 2010, when they rallied to win 7-6 at Toronto.

Davis (8-7) was the biggest benefactor, earning his first win since June 25. He gave up five runs and six hits in the first inning then didn't allow another runner and finished with six strikeouts in his second start since coming off the disabled list.

"After the first I toned it down a bit," said Davis, who didn't walk a batter for the second straight start. "I was really aggressive in the first inning and I was missing just by a little bit here and there. I just tried to keep the game there."

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He did, and his teammates rewarded him with their highest-scoring inning of the season.

Longoria homered to cap the seventh and B.J. Upton, the subject of ongoing trade rumors, hit his team-leading 16th home run in the eighth.

Every Tampa Bay starter had at least one hit or scored in the seventh. Jennings, who hit a two-run homer off starter Rich Harden in the sixth, had a two-run single in the inning before Longoria capped the outburst with his 14th homer.

In all, Tampa Bay had five hits and three walks the inning and all three batters who walked scored.

"We knew Wade could pitch and all we had to score some runs," said Jennings, the Tampa Bay rookie who had a season-high four RBI. "We felt it was turning when we started to get base runners and walking. If you just keep getting on base something is going to happen."

Conor Jackson had a two-run homer in the first when the A's hit for the cycle with four consecutive batters, but Oakland's bullpen imploded and wasted a solid outing by Harden.

A day after tagging James Shields for 10 runs as part of a 13-6 blowout, the A's jumped on Davis for five runs in the first and appeared on their way to a second straight rout.

"We just couldn't shut it down in the seventh inning, that's basically what it came down to," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "When you put guys on base and they don't work their way on, a lot of times it ends up haunting you."

Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Kyle Farnsworth finished off the A's over the final three innings to help Tampa Bay win for only the second time in its last seven games. Farnsworth earned his 20th save in 24 tries.

The A's, who had a nine-run fourth inning Wednesday, blew a five-run lead for the second time this season.

All of the damage in the seventh came against Oakland's bullpen.

Craig Breslow was tagged for three runs in one-third of an inning, Brad Ziegler also allowed three -- including a bases-loaded walk -- while Brian Fuentes gave up Longoria's home run.

Ziegler (3-2) failed to retire a batter and took the loss.

"For it to unravel and to give away a lead like that is tough, no matter how many guys took part in it," Ziegler said.

Upton hit his one-out solo shot in the eighth off Trystan Magnuson.

That spoiled an otherwise solid outing by Harden, who gave up three hits and two runs over six innings. The right-hander, who missed the first three months of the season with a strained right shoulder, retired the first nine batters and didn't allow a hit until Ben Zobrist's leadoff single in the fifth.

Harden retired the next two batters and finished with seven strikeouts and two walks. He left with a 5-2 lead but wound up with a no-decision after the meltdown by the bullpen.

Cliff Pennington's one-out single preceded the Oakland cycle. Hideki Matsui singled, Josh Willingham hit an RBI double and David DeJesus followed with a two-run triple before Jackson's home run made it 5-0.

It was the first time in their Oakland history that the A's have hit for the cycle with four consecutive batters. It also marked the eighth consecutive game in which they have scored at least four runs, the team's longest such streak since 2007.

Kurt Suzuki homered in the seventh for Oakland, DeJesus had an RBI fielder's choice grounder in the eighth and the A's added another run in the ninth before Farnsworth struck out Pennington with a runner at second to end it.

Notes

  • Pennington, who entered the game as the hottest hitter in the majors since the All-Star break, extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games.
  • The Rays traded former All-Star INF Felipe Lopez to Milwaukee for cash. Lopez batted .216 in with two home runs and eight RBI in 32 games with the Rays this season but had been designated for assignment twice.
  • Tampa Bay called up RHP Mike Ekstrom from Triple-A Durham to replace RHP Rob Delaney, who was optioned following Wednesday's game.
  • The last team to hit for the cycle with four consecutive batters was Colorado on June 6, 2008.
 
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Along with his first career HR, Desmond Jennings has a two-run double in a seven-run seventh to help stun the A's. (AP)
Along with his first career HR, Desmond Jennings has a two-run double in a seven-run seventh to help stun the A's. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

D. Jennings
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4234100 .500
Johnny Damon, DH5011020 .274
Evan Longoria, 3B5111010 .236
Ben Zobrist, 2B3110100 .277
Casey Kotchman, 1B4110010 .324
B.J. Upton, CF3111101 .228
Matt Joyce, RF3111111 .283
Robinson Chirinos, C2000010 .192
   a- Sam Fuld, PH0100100 .240
    Kelly Shoppach, C1000010 .190
Sean Rodriguez, SS3211111 .211
Totals331010968  
a-walked for Chirinos in the 7th
Batting
HR - Desmond Jennings (1, Harden), Evan Longoria (14, Fuentes), B.J. Upton (16, Magnuson)
RBI - Desmond Jennings 4 (7), Johnny Damon (46), Evan Longoria (51), B.J. Upton (54), Matt Joyce (49), Sean Rodriguez (18)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (24)
SB - Desmond Jennings (4, 2nd base off Wuertz/Suzuki), Matt Joyce (9, 2nd base off Magnuson/Suzuki)
CS - Desmond Jennings (1, 2nd base by Harden/Suzuki), Ben Zobrist (3, 2nd base by Harden/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 2
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis (W,8-7) 6655061 4.62
Joel Peralta 1111011 3.83
Jake McGee 1111110 3.75
Kyle Farnsworth (S,20) 1211010 2.16
WP - Wade Davis (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 100-66, Joel Peralta 13-8, Jake McGee 26-15, Kyle Farnsworth 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 5-7, Joel Peralta 1-1, Jake McGee 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 24, Joel Peralta 4, Jake McGee 5, Kyle Farnsworth 5
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B5000011 .303
Cliff Pennington, SS5110031 .263
Hideki Matsui, DH3210100 .244
Josh Willingham, LF4121000 .244
David DeJesus, RF4113020 .229
Conor Jackson, 1B4112001 .264
Ryan Sweeney, CF4120000 .295
Kurt Suzuki, C4111012 .228
Scott Sizemore, 3B4011021 .247
Totals37810819  
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (15, Davis), Ryan Sweeney (8, Farnsworth)
3B - David DeJesus (4, Davis)
HR - Conor Jackson (4, Davis), Kurt Suzuki (8, Peralta)
RBI - Josh Willingham (51), David DeJesus 3 (30), Conor Jackson 2 (33), Kurt Suzuki (27), Scott Sizemore (24)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1
DP - Suzuki-Pennington, Sizemore-Pennington-Weeks
PB - Kurt Suzuki (4)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rich Harden 6322271 4.30
Craig Breslow (H,8) 0.1233100 3.93
Brad Ziegler (BS,1; L,3-2)0133200 2.43
Brian Fuentes 0.2211001 4.46
Trystan Magnuson 1111111 8.59
Michael Wuertz 1100000 3.82
WP - Brian Fuentes (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 105-62, Craig Breslow 12-6, Brad Ziegler 12-4, Brian Fuentes 12-6, Trystan Magnuson 17-11, Michael Wuertz 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 1-8, Brian Fuentes 1-0, Trystan Magnuson 1-1, Michael Wuertz 1-1
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 21, Craig Breslow 4, Brad Ziegler 3, Brian Fuentes 3, Trystan Magnuson 5, Michael Wuertz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16466
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook