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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Roberto Hernandez flashed a big smile after an extremely satisfying game.
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"Good for him, man," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I really think that's something for him to build off of. I'm sure the confidence needed a booster, and that's a booster shot right there."
Hernandez (1-3) allowed one run, three hits, three walks and had seven strikeouts in his first win since Sept. 20, 2011, while with Cleveland.
"Wow! A long time," Hernandez said.
The 32-year old right-hander was arrested in January 2012 in the Dominican Republic on false identity charges -- as Carmona. They were dropped after he completed a work program.
Oakland starter Tommy Milone (3-1) had his season-opening three-game winning streak end. The left-hander gave up six runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Milone is 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in three career starts against Tampa Bay.
"It's about just keeping the guys ready, keeping the guys loose," Maddon said. "I want them to be prepared mentally, and not be exhausted mentally whenever they go out on the field. Things like that, I do things to break it up."
Hernandez became the first Tampa Bay starter 31 years old or older to get a win since Mark Hendrickson on June 20, 2006.
It was the Rays' first sweep of three or more games against Oakland since May 2005. Tampa Bay held the Athletics, who entered with a major's best 96 runs, to just four in the three-game set.
The Rays took a 3-0 lead in the first. Ryan Roberts scored the first run from third when Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick dropped Evan Longoria's fly. After later loading the bases, Sean Rodriguez drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch and Kelly Johnson hit a sacrifice fly.
Yunel Escobar made it 4-0 on a second-inning homer.
"I get in the middle of the game I sort of found it for a while," Milone said. "I was throwing quality strikes and keeping them off base. I thought that was the key especially since they went up early. I was just trying to keep the team in the game."
Reddick cut the deficit to 4-1 on Oakland's first hit, a two-out RBI single in the fourth. The Athletics failed to score after loading the bases with two outs during the fifth when Brandon Moss flew out to right on a 3-2 pitch.
"I'd be stupid not to give their pitching staff credit," Moss said. "They did an outstanding job of keeping us off-balance all series. They used their off-speed extremely well and then when you'd get in an off-speed count, they would paint a heater."
Oakland went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position against Hernandez, and 1 for 13 overall. The Athletics had three hits in 25 at-bats in the series with runners in scoring position.
"A few days ago we were getting all the big hits, and for a series here we didn't," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
Roberts had an RBI double during a two-run seventh that extended the Rays lead to 6-1. Escobar added a run-scoring single as Tampa Bay also scored twice in the eighth for an 8-1 advantage.
|The Rays' Roberto Hernandez throws six effective innings to earn his first win since he was known as Fausto Carmona. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Coco Crisp, DH||2||0||1||0||2||1||0||.328|
|a- Nate Freiman, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.167|
|Seth Smith, LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.388|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||2||0||0||0||2||1||3||.382|
|Brandon Moss, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||7||.286|
|John Jaso, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.228|
|Josh Reddick, RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||1||.113|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.167|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|b- Michael Taylor, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andy Parrino, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.056|
|a-struck out for Crisp in the 9th|
|b-lined out for Sogard in the 9th|
|RBI - Josh Reddick (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (1)|
|SB - Coco Crisp 2 (6, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Molina, 3rd base off R. Hernandez/Molina), Josh Reddick (5, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Josh Reddick (1, Dropped fly)|
|Tommy Milone (L,3-1)||6.2||8||6||4||1||6||1||4.26|
|HBP - S. Rodriguez (by Tommy Milone)|
|WP - Pat Neshek (1), Jesse Chavez (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 96-66, Pat Neshek 9-6, Jesse Chavez 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 6-8|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 30, Pat Neshek 1, Jesse Chavez 7|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, CF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.239|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||2||3||.257|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.281|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.281|
|Shelley Duncan, DH||2||1||0||0||2||2||1||.214|
|Sean Rodriguez, 1B||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.211|
|James Loney, 1B||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.302|
|Kelly Johnson, LF||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.182|
|Sam Fuld, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.250|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.159|
|2B - Ryan Roberts (1, Milone), Ben Zobrist (4, Milone), Evan Longoria (2, Milone), James Loney (5, J. Chavez), Yunel Escobar (3, Milone)|
|HR - Yunel Escobar (1, Milone)|
|SF - Kelly Johnson (1)|
|RBI - Ryan Roberts (2), Sean Rodriguez (4), James Loney (9), Kelly Johnson (5), Yunel Escobar 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Kelly Johnson (1, Dropped fly)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Roberto Hernandez (W,1-3)||6||3||1||1||3||7||0||4.74|
|Jake McGee (H,3)||1||0||0||0||2||2||0||7.36|
|HBP - Smith (by Roberto Hernandez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 103-63, Jake McGee 22-10, Brandon Gomes 29-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 6-6|
|Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 26, Jake McGee 5, Brandon Gomes 6|
|Attendance - 25954|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce|