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Athletics walk off in 15th against Rays

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jemile Weeks shook off the worst night of his career and became the latest member of the Athletics to deliver a walkoff victory.

Just another magical night in July for an Oakland team that has been the hottest in the majors since the All-Star break.

Weeks hit a sacrifice fly in the 15th inning and the A's outlasted the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Monday night in a game that took more than five hours.

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"That's just been the way the game's been going for this team right now," Weeks said after his first career walk-off RBI. "I kind of was beating myself up before because I had some chances and didn't get it done. Another opportunity came, I just stayed confident and it worked out."

The A's improved to 19-4 this month and assured themselves of the best winning percentage in July in franchise history.

They've done it in dramatic fashion, too.

Oakland leads the majors with 12 walkoff wins this season. The A's have won three of their past four games at home in the last at-bat, extending a season-long pattern.

According to information provided by the A's from the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time a team has nine walk-offs wins in 17 home games since the 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers.

"This has been an awesome ride, just to be doing what we're doing," said reliever Ryan Cook, who pitched two scoreless innings. "This is exactly where we want to be."

Weeks was 0 for 7 when he came up against the Rays' five-man infield. He lofted a fly ball and Brandon Inge easily beat the throw home from center fielder B.J. Upton.

Inge began the rally with a leadoff single against Kyle Farnsworth (0-3) and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Seth Smith was intentionally walked, and Eric Sogard also walked to load the bases. The Rays then moved right fielder Ben Zobrist to the infield in hopes of getting a double play.

Weeks followed with the sacrifice fly to score Inge, who never hesitated taking off from third.

"I don't care if I got thrown out by 20 feet, I'm taking a chance on that one," Inge said.

Brandon Hicks homered for the A's while Jordan Norberto (3-1) pitched one inning for the win as Oakland improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games this season.

The game lasted 5 hours, 9 minutes and ended at 12:17 a.m.

"It stinks any time you lose a game," Tampa Bay starter David Price said. "It's tough when you play for as long as we did tonight. To not be able to win that game stings a little bit."

The A's won despite striking out an Oakland-record 21 times. Inge had four of them until his leadoff single in the 15th.

Oakland loaded the bases in the ninth and 10th but failed to score. Tampa Bay stranded runners at first and third in the 14th and first and second in the 15th.

Chris Carter and Kurt Suzuki had RBI doubles in the second to give the A's a 2-0 lead against Price.

That ended a franchise record-tying 24-inning scoreless streak by Tampa Bay pitchers that began during the weekend in Anaheim, where the Rays pitched consecutive shutouts for the first time since 2008.

Price, trying to become the majors' first 15-game winner this season, later pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth by striking out Inge before giving up Hicks' game-tying home run in the seventh. He finished with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

Oakland starter A.J. Griffin didn't allow a hit until the fourth and ran into trouble that same inning after walking Matt Joyce. Two batters later, Carlos Pena tied it with a double into the gap in right-center that scored Jeff Keppinger and Joyce.

Matt Joyce's 12th home run of the season gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

Notes

  • Oakland optioned C Derek Norris to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for George Kottaras. Kottaras was obtained in a trade from Milwaukee on Sunday.
  • The Rays are encouraged by the progress of injured 3B Evan Longoria (partial hamstring tear) but haven't set a timetable for his return.
  • RHP Jeff Niemann threw a bullpen session without setback and is scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Friday in Tampa Bay. The next step will be at least one rehab start for Niemann.
  • Rays RHP James Shields (8-7) will try to bounce back Tuesday from a shaky start when he issued a season-high five walks in 6-2 loss to Baltimore. LHP Tommy Milone (9-7) goes for Oakland.
 
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For the ninth time in their past 17 home games, the A's perform their walk-off ritual. Jemile Weeks (center) earns this honor.  (AP)
For the ninth time in their past 17 home games, the A's perform their walk-off ritual. Jemile Weeks (center) earns this honor. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

K. Suzuki
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

C. Pena
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF5000011 .236
    Elliot Johnson, SS1000100 .254
B.J. Upton, CF7000024 .242
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF6020113 .249
Jeff Keppinger, DH6110003 .316
Matt Joyce, RF4211111 .269
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH-2B1000012 .133
Ryan Roberts, 3B5000113 .236
Carlos Pena, 1B6022033 .196
Jose Molina, C3010012 .189
   b- Sam Fuld, PH-LF3000000 .316
Sean Rodriguez, SS2000110 .207
   c- Jose Lobaton, PH-C3010000 .237
Totals52383512  
a-struck out for Joyce in the 14th
b-lined out for Molina in the 10th
c-flied out for S. Rodriguez in the 10th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (14, Griffin)
HR - Matt Joyce (12, Griffin)
RBI - Matt Joyce (37), Carlos Pena 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (15), Carlos Pena 2 (14)
SB - Ryan Roberts (7, 2nd base off Cook/Suzuki)
CS - Jose Molina (1, 2nd base by Griffin/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ryan Roberts (9, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price 75332111 2.64
Joel Peralta 1000010 3.86
Wade Davis 1100230 2.64
Jake McGee 1100220 2.62
J.P. Howell 1000210 3.16
Burke Badenhop 2100010 3.35
Fernando Rodney 1100020 0.76
Kyle Farnsworth (L,0-3) 0.2111200 5.59
IBB - Smith by Wade Davis, Carter by Jake McGee, Smith by Kyle Farnsworth
WP - Jake McGee (3)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 121-83, Joel Peralta 13-9, Wade Davis 30-13, Jake McGee 30-16, J.P. Howell 24-12, Burke Badenhop 25-17, Fernando Rodney 20-11, Kyle Farnsworth 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 5-5, Jake McGee 1-0, J.P. Howell 2-0, Burke Badenhop 3-2, Fernando Rodney 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - David Price 28, Joel Peralta 3, Wade Davis 6, Jake McGee 6, J.P. Howell 5, Burke Badenhop 7, Fernando Rodney 4, Kyle Farnsworth 5
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B7001024 .218
Jonny Gomes, DH6010120 .254
Josh Reddick, RF7000043 .265
Yoenis Cespedes, CF7130010 .308
Chris Carter, 1B4111321 .270
Brandon Inge, 3B6120144 .210
Kurt Suzuki, C6021035 .216
Seth Smith, LF4000311 .243
Brandon Hicks, SS3111021 .193
   a- Brandon Moss, PH0000100 .250
    Eric Sogard, SS2000101 .176
Totals5241041021  
a-walked for Hicks in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Carter (2, Price), Kurt Suzuki (14, Price)
HR - Brandon Hicks (3, Price)
SF - Jemile Weeks (3)
SH - Kurt Suzuki (2)
RBI - Jemile Weeks (17), Chris Carter (17), Kurt Suzuki (18), Brandon Hicks (7)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Hicks (3)
SB - Eric Sogard (2, 2nd base off Howell/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1
E - Brandon Inge (8, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Griffin 7533261 2.51
Sean Doolittle 1000000 4.09
Ryan Cook 2000120 1.81
Grant Balfour 1.1000110 2.81
Jerry Blevins 2.2200030 2.20
Jordan Norberto (W,3-1) 1100100 2.85
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Griffin 104-63, Sean Doolittle 7-7, Ryan Cook 30-17, Grant Balfour 25-12, Jerry Blevins 35-22, Jordan Norberto 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Griffin 4-10, Grant Balfour 1-2, Jerry Blevins 1-4, Jordan Norberto 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Griffin 27, Sean Doolittle 3, Ryan Cook 7, Grant Balfour 5, Jerry Blevins 10, Jordan Norberto 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12564
Game Time - 5:09
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Mark Carlson