Rays beat A's 3-2 to move closer to first place in AL East

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A walk to Athletics leadoff hitter Matt Joyce was all the convincing that Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi needed to pitch out of the stretch the remainder of the game.

It was an idea Odorizzi toyed with earlier in the day and the results were far better than he or Rays manager Kevin Cash envisioned.

Odorizzi and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, and Tampa Bay beat Oakland 3-2 on Monday night.

''Good to see Odo perform that way,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''The stuff looked good. Everything looked much crisper today, and I'm just happy for him because we're going to need him.''

Odorizzi (6-4) bounced back from his worst start of the season and went seven innings while striking out five and walking two. He gave up his lone hit when Khris Davis hit his 26th home run in the fourth but was otherwise dominant while not allowing another runner past first base.

Tommy Hunter pitched the eighth and Alex Colome retired three batters for his AL-leading 27th save.

''I felt more comfortable (out of the stretch),'' Odorizzi said. ''I don't know why, but I'm going to continue doing it. I felt everything was just a little more crisp and I was able to get the ball down in the zone better. ''

Steven Souza hit his 19th home run, Evan Longoria also went deep and reached base three times while Adeiny Hechavarria added two hits for the Rays, who won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.

Oakland pulled within 3-2 in the ninth when Yonder Alonso doubled, took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Colome got Ryon Healy to ground out to end the game.

''We just couldn't get a bead on (Odorizzi),'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''We were having a tough time getting a good swing, let alone hitting the ball hard. Give him some credit, he kept us off balance.''

It's the fastest that Tampa Bay has reached 50 wins since 2013. More importantly, the ballclub pulled within two games of first-place Boston in the AL East, the closest the Rays have been since April 15.

The announced attendance of 9,736 was the smallest to see an A's game at the Coliseum since they drew 9,193 against Texas on May 2, 2011.

Souza homered leading off the second against A's starter Daniel Gossett, his second in three days.

Longoria singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. After driving in Mallex Smith with a fielder's choice grounder in the third, Longoria hit a two-out home run in the fifth.

FIRST EJECTION

Tampa Bay second baseman Tim Beckham was ejected for the first time in his career by home plate umpire Lance Barrett after striking out looking in the fourth inning, one day after coming off the disabled list. Beckham also struck out in the second but reached when the ball skipped past A's catcher Bruce Maxwell.

ROUGH INNING

Maxwell earned his keep in the first inning. The Oakland catcher took a hard foul ball directly off his facemask and had to be tended to by a team trainer after falling backward. Maxwell later tripped over the foot of Beckham and fell face down on the ground while trying to chase down the wild pitch. ''It scares you a little bit, obviously,'' Melvin said of the first time Maxwell went down. ''Stunned him for a minute but he was fine as the game went along.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: IF/OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. RHP Bobby Wahl (strained pitching shoulder) will join Pinder in Nashville on Thursday.

UP NEXT

LHP Blake Snell (0-5, 4.85 ERA) makes another attempt at earning his first win of the season for Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in the second game of the series. The A's will go with RHP Chris Smith (0-0 4.50 ERA). The 36-year-old pitcher will be making his second career start.

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AthleticsOAK42-51
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  • W: J. Odorizzi (6-4)L: D. Gossett (1-5)S: A. Colome (27)
  • HR: TB - E. Longoria (14), S. Souza (19), OAK - K. Davis (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF41000102.301.375.382.7572.0
C. Dickerson LF40100011.311.352.542.8940.5
E. Longoria 3B41221001.269.323.453.7768.0
L. Morrison 1B30100101.258.366.569.9352.0
S. Souza RF41111003.271.369.508.8766.0
B. Miller DH40000001.196.340.319.6590.0
T. Beckham 2B20000020.272.324.428.751-1.0
T. Plouffe 2B20000000.215.273.352.6250.0
A. Hechavarria SS40200011.265.275.342.6172.5
J. Sucre C30100001.250.268.397.6652.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce RF20000202.224.334.407.7412.0
    M. Semien SS40000013.152.296.258.554-0.5
    Y. Alonso 1B41100011.268.366.555.9212.5
    K. Davis LF41111012.245.333.519.8535.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40000001.269.335.450.7850.0
    R. Healy DH40000020.261.295.484.779-1.0
    B. Maxwell C30000000.282.386.380.7660.0
    M. Chapman 3B30000010.200.273.440.713-0.5
    J. Brugman CF20000100.245.336.316.6531.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Hechavarria (4), J. Sucre (5)
      • HR - E. Longoria (14), S. Souza (19)
      • SH - J. Sucre (2)
      • RBI - E. Longoria 2 (57), S. Souza (59)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria (16)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (15)
      • HR - K. Davis (26)
      • RBI - K. Davis (63)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Hechavarria (2), J. Odorizzi
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Alonso, J. Lowrie, M. Chapman
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (W, 6-4)7.01112514.371.2529.5
      T. Hunter (H, 8)1.00001101.881.052.5
      A. Colome (S, 27)1.01110003.801.318.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (W, 6-4)7.0
      T. Hunter (H, 8)1.0
      A. Colome (S, 27)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Gossett (L, 1-5)7.07331325.791.379.5
      B. Treinen1.00001005.591.602.0
      M. Brady1.01000103.181.152.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Gossett (L, 1-5)7.0
      B. Treinen1.0
      M. Brady1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Colome
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 103-61, T. Hunter 18-10, A. Colome 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-14, T. Hunter 2-0, A. Colome 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, T. Hunter 4, A. Colome 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Gossett 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 98-67, B. Treinen 21-11, M. Brady 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 11-7, B. Treinen 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 29, B. Treinen 4, M. Brady 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      011010000382
      AthleticsOAK42-51
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Smith CF41000102.301.375.382.7572.0
      C. Dickerson LF40100011.311.352.542.8940.5
      E. Longoria 3B41221001.269.323.453.7768.0
      L. Morrison 1B30100101.258.366.569.9352.0
      S. Souza RF41111003.271.369.508.8766.0
      B. Miller DH40000001.196.340.319.6590.0
      T. Beckham 2B20000020.272.324.428.751-1.0
      T. Plouffe 2B20000000.215.273.352.6250.0
      A. Hechavarria SS40200011.265.275.342.6172.5
      J. Sucre C30100001.250.268.397.6652.0
      Total3438322411-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Joyce RF20000202.224.334.407.7412.0
        M. Semien SS40000013.152.296.258.554-0.5
        Y. Alonso 1B41100011.268.366.555.9212.5
        K. Davis LF41111012.245.333.519.8535.5
        J. Lowrie 2B40000001.269.335.450.7850.0
        R. Healy DH40000020.261.295.484.779-1.0
        B. Maxwell C30000000.282.386.380.7660.0
        M. Chapman 3B30000010.200.273.440.713-0.5
        J. Brugman CF20000100.245.336.316.6531.0
        Total302211369-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Hechavarria (4), J. Sucre (5)
          • HR - E. Longoria (14), S. Souza (19)
          • SH - J. Sucre (2)
          • RBI - E. Longoria 2 (57), S. Souza (59)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria (16)
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alonso (15)
          • HR - K. Davis (26)
          • RBI - K. Davis (63)
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Hechavarria (2), J. Odorizzi
          FIELDING
          • DP - Y. Alonso, J. Lowrie, M. Chapman
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (W, 6-4)7.01112514.371.2529.5
          T. Hunter (H, 8)1.00001101.881.052.5
          A. Colome (S, 27)1.01110003.801.318.0
          Total9.0222361---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (W, 6-4)7.0
          T. Hunter (H, 8)1.0
          A. Colome (S, 27)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Gossett (L, 1-5)7.07331325.791.379.5
          B. Treinen1.00001005.591.602.0
          M. Brady1.01000103.181.152.5
          Total9.0833242---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Gossett (L, 1-5)7.0
          B. Treinen1.0
          M. Brady1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Colome
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 103-61, T. Hunter 18-10, A. Colome 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-14, T. Hunter 2-0, A. Colome 3-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, T. Hunter 4, A. Colome 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Gossett 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 98-67, B. Treinen 21-11, M. Brady 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 11-7, B. Treinen 2-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 29, B. Treinen 4, M. Brady 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Alonso scored on wild pitch32
          • 5TH INNING
            Longoria homered to left31
          • 4TH INNING
            Davis homered to center21
          • 3RD INNING
            Longoria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith scored, Dickerson out at second20
          • 2ND INNING
            Souza homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Michael Brady relieved Blake Treinen
            • T. Plouffe: Foul, Plouffe lined out to center
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria struck out looking
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sucre doubled to left center
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Colome relieved Tommy Hunter
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso doubled to deep center
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Lowrie grounded out to second, Alonso to third
            • R. Healy: Ball, Alonso scored on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Healy grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blake Treinen relieved Daniel Gossett
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Souza walked
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Souza reached on fielder's choice to third, Morrison out at second
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Miller flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tommy Hunter relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman grounded out to first
            • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Brugman grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Semien struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria doubled to deep right
            • J. Sucre: Foul, Ball, Sucre hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Hechavarria to third
            • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Smith reached on fielder's choice to first, Hechavarria out at home
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Dickerson grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lowrie lined out to shortstop
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
            • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maxwell lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Souza popped out to first
            • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to second
            • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Ball, Plouffe fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Ball, Semien flied out to deep center
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis lined out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith flied out to left
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson flied out to deep left
            • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Ball, Longoria homered to left
            • L. Morrison: Morrison grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Ball, Maxwell lined out to left
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman fouled out to first
            • J. Brugman: Ball, Brugman safe at first on shortstop Hechavarria fielding error
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Joyce popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Miller flied out to deep left
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria singled to right center
            • J. Sucre: Sucre lined out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Trevor Plouffe at second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to left
            • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis homered to center
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Lowrie lined out to right
            • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Healy lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Sucre grounded out to first
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
            • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith to second on wild pitch, Dickerson reached on an infield single to first, Smith to third
            • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Ball, Longoria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith scored, Dickerson out at second
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison singled to shallow right, Longoria to third
            • S. Souza: Souza reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Morrison out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • J. Brugman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brugman walked
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Foul, Joyce fouled out to third
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Semien popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Souza homered to left
            • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Miller grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Beckham struck out, reached on wild pitch
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Foul, Hechavarria grounded into double play third to second to first, Beckham out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lowrie flied out to left
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • B. Maxwell: Foul, Foul, Ball, Maxwell grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Longoria singled to left
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Semien flied out to center
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Alonso reached on fielder's choice to first, Joyce out at second on Odorizzi fielding error
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)