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Moss' home run is Oakland's only hit, A's still beat Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This is how well things are going for the Oakland Athletics: They had only one hit -- and won.

"Sometimes that's all you need," said manager Bob Melvin after the A's won for the 11th time in 12 games, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Brandon Moss hit a solo home run for Oakland's only hit and the Athletics took advantage of walks and two errors to win their fifth straight.

"It's not the easiest way to win a baseball game," said Moss, who hit his 10th home run. "But it's better than getting one hit and losing."

Oakland scored twice on two errors and a pair of walks in the second inning, helping the A's win a regular-season game for the first time since at least 1914 while getting only one hit, according to the team.

Moss' 11th extra-base hit in seven games came off Erik Bedard in the fourth inning. Oakland's fifth consecutive victory, coupled with Detroit's loss earlier Wednesday, gave the A's the best record in the major leagues at 30-16.

Tommy Milone (2-3) gave up two runs in 5⅔ innings for the A's.

Bedard (2-2) pitched 5⅓ innings for the Rays. Four Rays relievers finished the one-hitter, but the Rays gave up seven walks, one reason the A's didn't need much hitting.

"It's pretty remarkable. You don't hear about that too often, but we did walk a lot," said Milone. "We worked the count, got on base and put pressure on them. I guess it's not that surprising when you look back."

The home run by Moss was the first off Bedard since Sept. 16, 2013, breaking a homerless streak of 49⅓ innings.

Throwing errors by Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar and second baseman Sean Rodriguez and two walks in the second inning helped the A's score their first two runs off Bedard.

"It's really one of the more unusual games to lose," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We pitched extremely well. It's just an awkward game to give up one hit and lose. The one hit is a home run, and that was the deciding point."

After Moss' sixth home run in 16 games made it 3-0, singles by Wil Myers, James Loney and Escobar produced two runs for Tampa Bay in the sixth and chased Milone.

The Rays, who have lost four straight, loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but reliever Fernando Abad got Escobar to hit into a double play.

"That won us the ballgame right there, in my opinion," A's catcher Derek Norris said.

Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Logan Forsythe was credited with a hit off Doolittle when his infield popup caromed off a Tropicana Field catwalk and landed near the pitcher's mound. The umpires ruled the ball had struck the catwalk in fair territory.

Notes

The Rays will activate RHP Alex Cobb (strained left oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday to pitch against Oakland RHP Sonny Gray (5-1). Cobb (1-1) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13. The Rays optioned OF Kevin Kiermaier to Triple-A Durham to create Cobb's roster spot. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson, coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January, will throw batting practice for the first time Thursday. He hopes to be back before the All-Star break. ... Melvin said he is hopeful SS Jed Lowrie will play Thursday after missing two games with a strained neck. ... RHP Ryan Cook (right forearm strain) might pitch a bullpen session when the A's return home next week. ... LHP Eric O'Flaherty (Tommy John surgery) will throw one inning in a sim game at extended spring training Saturday. He is eligible to come off the disabled list May 29.

 
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Wil Myers' strikeout ends a frustrating night for the host Rays, who lose despite one-hitting the Athletics.  (USATSI)
Wil Myers' strikeout ends a frustrating night for the host Rays, who lose despite one-hitting the Athletics. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Loney
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

B. Moss
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Craig Gentry, CF-LF4000021 .274
Kyle Blanks, 1B3000030 .200
   a-John Jaso, PH0000100 .276
   Coco Crisp, CF0000000 .257
Josh Donaldson, 3B3000112 .269
Yoenis Cespedes, DH4100013 .248
Derek Norris, C2100201 .343
Brandon Moss, LF-1B2111210 .301
Alberto Callaspo, 2B3000013 .235
   Eric Sogard, 2B1000012 .188
Josh Reddick, RF4001001 .224
Nick Punto, SS3000113 .230
Tommy Milone, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
Totals29312711  
a-walked for Blanks in the 8th
Batting
HR - Brandon Moss (10, Bedard)
RBI - Brandon Moss (40), Josh Reddick (21)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Moss (21)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Punto-Sogard-Moss
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone (W,2-3) 5.2522130 3.99
Fernando Rodriguez (H,1) 1.1100000 0.00
Luke Gregerson (H,5) 0.1200010 2.25
Fernando Abad (H,5) 0.2000100 2.37
Sean Doolittle (S,4) 1100020 3.13
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 89-52, Fernando Rodriguez 20-13, Luke Gregerson 10-7, Fernando Abad 10-5, Sean Doolittle 25-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 3-11, Fernando Rodriguez 1-3, Fernando Abad 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 23, Fernando Rodriguez 5, Luke Gregerson 3, Fernando Abad 2, Sean Doolittle 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Wil Myers, RF-1B5120011 .244
Evan Longoria, 3B3100111 .253
James Loney, 1B4021011 .311
   Kevin Kiermaier, PR-RF0000000 .250
Brandon Guyer, LF3000013 .204
   a-Matt Joyce, PH-LF1010000 .281
Sean Rodriguez, 2B3000002 .224
   b-David DeJesus, PH0000100 .263
   Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS4021011 .266
Desmond Jennings, CF4010012 .236
Logan Forsythe, DH-2B4010002 .179
Ryan Hanigan, C4000003 .229
Erik Bedard, P0000000 .000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
   Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
Totals3529226  
a-singled for Guyer in the 8th
b-walked for S. Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Desmond Jennings (10, Milone)
RBI - James Loney (26), Yunel Escobar (10)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Loney
E - Yunel Escobar (8, Throwing), Sean Rodriguez (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Bedard (L,2-2) 5.1131361 2.63
Brad Boxberger 0.2000000 1.84
Jake McGee 1000010 1.35
Joel Peralta 1000220 5.12
Grant Balfour 1000220 5.71
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 103-59, Brad Boxberger 3-3, Jake McGee 12-7, Joel Peralta 30-16, Grant Balfour 24-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 7-4, Brad Boxberger 1-1, Grant Balfour 1-0
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 21, Brad Boxberger 2, Jake McGee 3, Joel Peralta 5, Grant Balfour 5
Game Information
Attendance - 10555
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Pat Hoberg