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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays are finally showing signs of heating up offensively.
A night after slugging four solo home runs in a 10-inning loss that concluded a 2-7 road trip, the Rays matched a season-high for runs, with much of the production coming from unlikely sources.
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"It's still not there. We still need to improve in certain areas, but it's wins like this that can get you going in the right direction," manager Joe Maddon said after his team won for just just the third time in 11 games. "It's all about confidence."
Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie, who went 4 for 4, had run-scoring singles off Cobb in the first for the A's. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson (1-3) left with an ankle injury after Tampa Bay scored four times in the bottom half of the inning.
"It's pretty sore, a little swollen. It's kind of early to tell the severity of it," said Anderson, who was hurt on his next-to-next pitch. "It's kind of depressing. I just landed and felt not great. ... I don't know if my heel hit too hard and kind of jarred something there or what. Just landed a little wrong."
Oakland's Coco Crisp extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning double and added a solo homer off Cobb in the seventh.
"You always want to keep grinding and try to get the closer in the game, which we did, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "He threw some pitches. We had him on the ropes, but he got out of it. It's kind of who we are and try to be is not go down quietly."
Longoria homered for the fourth time in five games and has reached base safely in each of the Rays' 16 games. Only two players in franchise history have had longer streaks to begin a season -- Rocco Baldelli (24 in 2003) and Jorge Cantu (20 in 2005).
Before Lobaton's hit made it 4-2, the Rays had gone 0 for 12 with the bases loaded this season. Four of Tampa Bay's first five runs were driven in by the bottom half of the batting order, with the switch-hitting Lobaton and Roberts each picking up their first RBI of the year.
"We had a good look about us," Maddon said. "I've talked about us needing to get more productivity up and down the lineup."
The A's said a sprained right ankle forced Anderson's departure after allowing four runs, four hits and two walks during a 36-pitch first inning.
Oakland, which had won three straight, scored twice in the first before a baserunning mistake cost them a chance for an even bigger inning. Moss was tagged out in a rundown between first and second base on his RBI single, helping Cobb escape the jam and settle in after a shaky start. The A's didn't have another man reach base until Lowrie singled leading off the fourth.
Lowrie, who's batting .413, ended Cobb's night with a one-out double in the eighth.
"He's been as about as consistent as you can be," Melvin said. "Up over .400 now at this time of year is pretty good."
|Evan Longoria goes long for the fourth time in five games and has reached base safely in the Rays' last 16 games. (Getty Images)|
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|Coco Crisp, CF||4||2||2||1||1||0||1||.345|
|John Jaso, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.265|
|Seth Smith, DH||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.405|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||0||4||1||0||0||0||.413|
|Brandon Moss, 1B||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||.306|
|Chris Young, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.179|
|Josh Reddick, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.109|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.295|
|2B - Coco Crisp (7, Cobb), Jed Lowrie (8, Cobb)|
|HR - Coco Crisp (5, Cobb)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp (9), Jed Lowrie (14), Brandon Moss (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (5)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Lowrie-Sogard-Moss|
|E - John Jaso (2, Throwing)|
|Brett Anderson (L,1-3)||1||4||4||4||2||1||0||5.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 36-18, Evan Scribner 65-39, Jerry Blevins 22-16, Pat Neshek 14-11, Chris Resop 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 2-0, Evan Scribner 3-5, Jerry Blevins 2-3, Chris Resop 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 9, Evan Scribner 15, Jerry Blevins 7, Pat Neshek 4, Chris Resop 3|
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|Desmond Jennings, CF||3||2||0||0||2||0||1||.242|
|Kelly Johnson, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.190|
|Sam Fuld, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.077|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||4||2||2||2||0||0||2||.286|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||2||3||.281|
|Shelley Duncan, DH||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.243|
|Sean Rodriguez, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.176|
|a- James Loney, PH-1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Jose Lobaton, C||4||0||1||2||0||0||2||.182|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.125|
|a-singled for S. Rodriguez in the 7th|
|2B - Shelley Duncan (1, Scribner)|
|HR - Evan Longoria (4, Scribner)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist 2 (12), Evan Longoria 2 (9), Sean Rodriguez (3), Ryan Roberts (1), Jose Lobaton 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Sean Rodriguez (2), Jose Lobaton 2 (2)|
|SB - Desmond Jennings (5, 2nd base off Scribner/Jaso), Kelly Johnson (2, 2nd base off Scribner/Jaso), Ben Zobrist (2, 2nd base off Scribner/Jaso)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Kelly Johnson 1|
|DP - Roberts-Escobar-S. Rodriguez, Rodney-Lobaton-Loney|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Alex Cobb (W,2-1)||7.1||10||3||3||1||3||1||2.53|
|HBP - Moss (by Jamey Wright)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 101-64, Jamey Wright 4-2, Kyle Farnsworth 6-5, Fernando Rodney 21-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 10-7, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 31, Jamey Wright 1, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Fernando Rodney 4|
|Attendance - 15115|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Ed Hickox|