Rays rally in 9th off Casilla to beat Athletics 4-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tampa Bay hasn't been so close to first place this late in the season since 2013, and Rays manager Kevin Cash wants his players to soak it up and enjoy every minute of it.

The roar that emerged from the clubhouse following Tampa Bay's ninth-inning comeback was proof that the Rays are doing just that.

Adeiny Hechavarria and Shane Peterson hit consecutive two-out RBI singles off closer Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Tuesday night.

The win kept the Rays two games behind Boston in the AL East - the closest they've been to the top since Aug. 26, 2013.

''It might come down to one game, two games,'' Peterson said. ''At the end of the season, we realize this game tonight could have been the game that gets us over. I don't think it's going to burn us out. That's just how we are as a team.''

Steven Souza Jr. hit his second home run in two games while Logan Morrison walked and scored, helping the Rays to their fifth win in six games against the A's.

Casilla (2-4) opened the ninth by retiring Evan Longoria on a grounder and getting Morrison to strike out swinging. Wilson Ramos then singled and pinch-runner Mallex Smith took second on a wild pitch. After Smith stole third, Casilla walked Brad Miller before Hechavarria singled to right to drive in the tying run.

Peterson, in his second stint with the Rays this season, followed with his winning hit.

''We see where we're at in the standings, we see who we're competing against,'' Cash said. ''Two outs in the ninth against a guy that has closed a bunch of ballgames in his career, to find a way to win, that's what makes it special.''

Khris Davis hit his 27th home run for the A's.

Adam Kolarek (1-0) retired one batter for his first major league win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth to complete the four-hitter for his AL-best 28th save.

Casilla's ninth-inning meltdown spoiled an outstanding outing by A's starter Chris Smith, who was in line for his first win since 2008.

Smith allowed one earned run and three hits and retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced in his second career start. The 36-year-old right-hander, whose only win came as a reliever with Boston, struck out four and walked two.

''It's disappointing, but we have to move on,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''You're going to have games like that.''

CASH BOUNCED

Cash was ejected for the third time this season by home plate umpire Bill Welke in the fifth inning after Souza struck out looking as part of a double play. ''We didn't agree on the strike zone tonight early on,'' Cash said. ''I'll leave it at that.''

CHAPMAN'S REDEMPTION

Matt Chapman's fielding error in the second inning led to Tampa Bay's first run, but Oakland's rookie third baseman made up for it with a pair of defensive gems later in the game. Chapman made a spinning stop of a sharp grounder by Ramos then threw to first for the final out in the sixth. He followed that up in the ninth with a diving grab of Evan Longoria's liner down the third base line and made a strong throw for the out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: INF Rickie Weeks (right shoulder impingement) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. ... RHP Nathan Eovaldi threw off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2016.

Athletics: OF Jake Smolinski, out since spring training after undergoing right shoulder surgery, took batting practice before the game. Smolinski's injury was initially thought to be season-ending. ... RHP Ryan Dull (strained right knee) could come off the DL when the team returns from its upcoming road trip July 28.

UP NEXT

RHP Sonny Gray (5-4, 3.72 ERA) pitches the finale for the A's on Wednesday afternoon as his name continues to appear in trade rumors. Gray has won three of his previous four starts. The Rays will counter with RHP Jake Faria (4-0, 2.00 ERA), who has seven consecutive quality starts to begin his career.

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OAK42-52
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  • W: A. Kolarek (1-0)L: S. Casilla (2-4)S: A. Colome (28)
  • HR: TB - S. Souza (20), OAK - K. Davis (27)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Souza RF41111021.271.367.514.8815.0
C. Dickerson DH40000010.308.349.536.884-0.5
E. Longoria 3B40000000.266.320.448.7680.0
L. Morrison 1B21000210.256.368.565.9332.5
W. Ramos C40100002.244.289.512.8011.0
M. Smith PR-LF01000000.301.375.382.7573.0
B. Miller 2B21010110.194.338.315.6532.5
A. Hechavarria SS40210000.273.282.347.6293.0
S. Peterson LF40110002.275.338.435.7724.0
J. Sucre C00000000.250.268.397.6650.0
P. Bourjos CF40100024.242.292.424.717-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Davis RF41200000.222.280.329.6097.0
    M. Semien SS30000112.145.294.246.5400.5
    R. Healy 1B30000022.259.293.480.772-1.0
    Y. Alonso 1B10000011.267.365.553.918-0.5
    K. Davis LF32121120.246.335.527.8628.0
    J. Lowrie DH30000120.267.334.446.7800.0
    M. Chapman 3B30000002.189.271.415.6861.0
    A. Rosales 2B30000012.230.267.342.609-0.5
    a- M. Joyce PH10000001.223.333.405.7390.0
    J. Phegley C30100010.198.242.339.5810.5
    J. Brugman CF30000020.238.328.307.635-1.0
    • a-grounded out for Rosales in the 9th
    BATTING
    • HR - S. Souza (20)
    • SF - B. Miller (2)
    • RBI - S. Souza (60), B. Miller (19), A. Hechavarria (10), S. Peterson (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (4), S. Peterson (4)
    BATTING
    • HR - K. Davis (27)
    • RBI - K. Davis 2 (65)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis 2 (18)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Smith (13), S. Peterson
    • CS - P. Bourjos (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Davis 2 (17)
    • Picked Off - J. Phegley
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Chapman
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell4.03333614.981.636.0
    E. Ramirez3.00000204.951.2010.0
    A. Kittredge0.21000100.001.50-0.5
    A. Kolarek (W, 1-0)0.10000105.061.137.5
    A. Colome (S, 28)1.00000203.711.2811.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell4.0
    E. Ramirez3.0
    A. Kittredge0.2
    A. Kolarek (W, 1-0)0.1
    A. Colome (S, 28)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Smith7.03212412.770.9220.0
    B. Treinen (H, 6)1.00000105.451.563.5
    S. Casilla (L, 2-4) (BS, 5)0.23221104.151.41-10.5
    L. Hendriks0.10000105.121.370.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Smith7.0
    B. Treinen (H, 6)1.0
    S. Casilla (L, 2-4) (BS, 5)0.2
    L. Hendriks0.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Snell (4), A. Kolarek
    • HBP - A. Colome (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 85-48, E. Ramirez 33-19, A. Kittredge 8-8, A. Kolarek 5-3, A. Colome 14-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 1-4, E. Ramirez 4-3, A. Kittredge 1-0, A. Colome 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 17, E. Ramirez 9, A. Kittredge 3, A. Kolarek, A. Colome 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Casilla
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 89-52, B. Treinen 13-8, S. Casilla 23-12, L. Hendriks 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 9-8, B. Treinen 1-1, S. Casilla 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Smith 26, B. Treinen 3, S. Casilla 6, L. Hendriks
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK42-52
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Souza RF41111021.271.367.514.8815.0
    C. Dickerson DH40000010.308.349.536.884-0.5
    E. Longoria 3B40000000.266.320.448.7680.0
    L. Morrison 1B21000210.256.368.565.9332.5
    W. Ramos C40100002.244.289.512.8011.0
    M. Smith PR-LF01000000.301.375.382.7573.0
    B. Miller 2B21010110.194.338.315.6532.5
    A. Hechavarria SS40210000.273.282.347.6293.0
    S. Peterson LF40110002.275.338.435.7724.0
    J. Sucre C00000000.250.268.397.6650.0
    P. Bourjos CF40100024.242.292.424.717-1.0
    Total324641379-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Davis RF41200000.222.280.329.6097.0
      M. Semien SS30000112.145.294.246.5400.5
      R. Healy 1B30000022.259.293.480.772-1.0
      Y. Alonso 1B10000011.267.365.553.918-0.5
      K. Davis LF32121120.246.335.527.8628.0
      J. Lowrie DH30000120.267.334.446.7800.0
      M. Chapman 3B30000002.189.271.415.6861.0
      A. Rosales 2B30000012.230.267.342.609-0.5
      a- M. Joyce PH10000001.223.333.405.7390.0
      J. Phegley C30100010.198.242.339.5810.5
      J. Brugman CF30000020.238.328.307.635-1.0
      Total30342131210-----
      • a-grounded out for Rosales in the 9th
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Souza (20)
      • SF - B. Miller (2)
      • RBI - S. Souza (60), B. Miller (19), A. Hechavarria (10), S. Peterson (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (4), S. Peterson (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Davis (27)
      • RBI - K. Davis 2 (65)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis 2 (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (13), S. Peterson
      • CS - P. Bourjos (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Davis 2 (17)
      • Picked Off - J. Phegley
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Chapman
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell4.03333614.981.636.0
      E. Ramirez3.00000204.951.2010.0
      A. Kittredge0.21000100.001.50-0.5
      A. Kolarek (W, 1-0)0.10000105.061.137.5
      A. Colome (S, 28)1.00000203.711.2811.0
      Total9.04333121---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell4.0
      E. Ramirez3.0
      A. Kittredge0.2
      A. Kolarek (W, 1-0)0.1
      A. Colome (S, 28)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Smith7.03212412.770.9220.0
      B. Treinen (H, 6)1.00000105.451.563.5
      S. Casilla (L, 2-4) (BS, 5)0.23221104.151.41-10.5
      L. Hendriks0.10000105.121.370.5
      Total9.0643371---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Smith7.0
      B. Treinen (H, 6)1.0
      S. Casilla (L, 2-4) (BS, 5)0.2
      L. Hendriks0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Snell (4), A. Kolarek
      • HBP - A. Colome (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 85-48, E. Ramirez 33-19, A. Kittredge 8-8, A. Kolarek 5-3, A. Colome 14-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 1-4, E. Ramirez 4-3, A. Kittredge 1-0, A. Colome 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 17, E. Ramirez 9, A. Kittredge 3, A. Kolarek, A. Colome 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Casilla
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 89-52, B. Treinen 13-8, S. Casilla 23-12, L. Hendriks 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 9-8, B. Treinen 1-1, S. Casilla 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Smith 26, B. Treinen 3, S. Casilla 6, L. Hendriks
      • 9TH INNING
        Peterson singled to right, Miller scored, Hechavarria to third43
        Hechavarria singled to right, Smith scored, Miller to third33
      • 4TH INNING
        Davis scored, Lowrie to second on wild pitch23
      • 3RD INNING
        Souza homered to center22
      • 2ND INNING
        Miller hit sacrifice fly to left, Morrison scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Davis homered to center, Davis scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Santiago Casilla relieved Blake Treinen
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria grounded out to third
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ramos singled to left
        • Mallex Smith ran for Wilson Ramos
        • B. Miller: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Smith to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Smith stole third, Strike looking, Ball, Miller walked
        • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria singled to right, Smith scored, Miller to third
        • S. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Peterson singled to right, Miller scored, Hechavarria to third
        • Liam Hendriks relieved Santiago Casilla
        • P. Bourjos: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Peterson stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jesus Sucre catching
        • Alex Colome relieved Adam Kolarek
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Chapman hit by pitch
        • Matt Joyce hit for Adam Rosales
        • M. Joyce: Joyce grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Blake Treinen relieved Chris Smith
        • Yonder Alonso at first
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Souza flied out to deep center
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Andrew Kittredge relieved Erasmo Ramirez
        • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brugman struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Foul, Davis singled to center
        • M. Semien: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Semien reached on fielder's choice to second, Davis out at second
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Semien to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded out to third
        • S. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Peterson lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Rosales: Ball, Rosales flied out to left
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phegley grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria grounded out to third
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morrison lined out to center
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Lowrie flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bourjos singled to center
        • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking, Bourjos caught stealing, catcher to second
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Erasmo Ramirez relieved Blake Snell
        • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brugman flied out to left
        • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Miller flied out to left
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Hechavarria flied out to left
        • S. Peterson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Peterson grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked, Davis to second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman flied out to deep center, Davis to third
        • A. Rosales: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosales fouled out to catcher
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Davis scored, Lowrie to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Phegley singled to left, Lowrie to third
        • J. Brugman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Phegley picked off at first, catcher to first
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Souza homered to center
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson grounded out to second
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria fouled out to first
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Brugman struck out looking
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Semien walked
        • R. Healy: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Healy lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramos safe at first on 3rd baseman Chapman fielding error, Morrison to third
        • B. Miller: Miller hit sacrifice fly to left, Morrison scored
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Hechavarria singled to left, Ramos to second
        • S. Peterson: Ball, Peterson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Ramos to third, Hechavarria out at second
        • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Ball, Bourjos grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman flied out to center
        • A. Rosales: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosales struck out swinging
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dickerson struck out looking
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to right
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging, Davis stole second
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Davis stole third, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Davis homered to center, Davis scored
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)