Sonny Gray wins 3rd straight start as A's avoid sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray has no idea whether he will be traded or not, yet he soaked in the standing ovation when he walked off the Coliseum mound nonetheless.

Gray struck out six pitching into the seventh in what might have been his final home start in Oakland if the club tries to deal him before the trade deadline, and the Athletics rallied in the fifth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.

''It was nice,'' Gray said of the greeting from his home fans. ''I've had a lot of times coming off the mound getting some nice ovations, some cheers. It took me back to 2013 a lot and those two playoff games. It was really nice, and whether it is or whether it's not, it's not up to me. But it brought back a lot of memories.''

Matt Joyce hit a towering homer to the right-field seats in the eighth for Oakland.

Rajai Davis doubled home Oakland's first run in the fifth then Joyce followed with a tying sacrifice fly before Davis scurried home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Gray (6-4) won his third straight start and fourth in five. When speculation arose from the White Sox side before his Friday outing that the right-hander had been scratched because of a possible deal, the A's quickly announced that he was indeed taking the mound for his scheduled outing.

After a pair of one-run defeats to begin this series, the A's avoided being swept by the Rays in Oakland for the first time.

Gray allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks.

Manager Bob Melvin has seen enough players go, he didn't want to ponder what is next for Gray.

''I try not to think too much about that because when you have a group of guys that you're dealing with, that's basically what your focus is,'' Melvin said. ''And I've had him for a while, so I just kind of go with the flow as far as that goes.''

The Rays got three straight singles off Gray to start the fourth inning, including an RBI single by Wilson Ramos. Brad Miller also drove in a run on a groundout.

But Oakland finally got to Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Faria (4-1) in the fifth. With seven straight quality starts to begin his career, Faria took his first big league loss.

A's All-Star Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single in the inning, when Faria had two of his four walks. He allowed six hits and four runs in five innings, striking out four.

Alonso was thrown out at home in the first when he tried to go from first on Khris Davis' double to right. The throw beat him so handily Alonso didn't even try to slide and instead ran behind the plate before turning for the dugout.

SOUZA INJURY

RF Steven Souza Jr. said he felt much better after the game after exiting in the first with a strained left hip. He was hurt trying to steal second after drawing a leadoff walk to start the game. Shane Peterson replaced him. X-rays were negative and Souza will be re-evaluated and have an MRI once the team arrives home.

''I went to slide and it was extremely muddy around second base,'' Souza said. ''My leg got stuck in the ground and I just kind of felt a jump in my hip. That didn't feel very great.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Of Souza, manager Kevin Cash said: ''We're actually pretty optimistic that we avoided a major injury. He's going to go to tomorrow to have some major testing done.'' ... Cash said LHP Blake Snell would take his next turn despite being winless at 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 11 starts.

Athletics: The A's hope to have Chad Pinder back from the DL and a strained left hamstring when they return home from an upcoming seven-game trip to the New York Mets and Toronto. Melvin plans to use him as a utilityman. ... RHP Kendall Graveman allowed five hits and four runs with one strikeout and a walk on 46 pitches in 2 1/3 innings with Triple-A Nashville rehabbing his strained pitching shoulder. RHP Jharel Cotton (blister on his right thumb) also pitched in the game, striking out six in 3 1/3 innings, while Pinder was 0 for 2 with a walk and strikeout for the Sounds.

UP NEXT

Rays: With the Rays back home, RHP Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.59 ERA) takes the ball in Friday's series opener against Yu Darvish and Texas having not faced the Rangers since April 6, 2014.

Athletics: After Thursday's day off following a cross-country flight, RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.83 ERA) pitches the series opener at the Mets in his fourth career start.

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TB51-45
000200000290
OAK43-52
00004111X7112
  • W: S. Gray (6-4)L: J. Faria (4-1)
  • HR: OAK - M. Joyce (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Souza RF00000100.271.369.514.8830.0
S. Peterson RF40000042.260.321.411.732-2.0
C. Dickerson LF40200021.310.350.535.8861.0
E. Longoria 3B41200004.269.322.451.7734.0
L. Morrison DH41200001.260.369.567.9374.0
W. Ramos C40110001.244.286.489.7752.0
B. Miller 2B40210012.201.341.325.6673.5
T. Beckham SS40000004.268.319.422.7410.0
M. Smith CF40000013.293.365.371.737-0.5
T. Plouffe 1B30000110.212.273.347.6200.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce RF41121003.223.331.414.7457.0
    M. Semien SS42100110.151.300.247.5473.5
    Y. Alonso 1B20210100.273.373.556.9295.0
    K. Davis DH40100014.246.334.526.8601.5
    J. Lowrie 2B41200000.270.336.449.7854.0
    B. Maxwell C21010203.274.391.370.7614.0
    M. Chapman 3B40100014.193.270.404.6730.5
    J. Brugman CF31110111.240.333.308.6413.5
    R. Davis LF41210012.227.283.336.6193.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Longoria (25), L. Morrison (16), B. Miller (6)
      • RBI - W. Ramos (11), B. Miller (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Davis (15), J. Lowrie (28), R. Davis (13)
      • HR - M. Joyce (12)
      • SF - M. Joyce (4)
      • RBI - M. Joyce 2 (38), Y. Alonso (45), B. Maxwell (7), J. Brugman (11), R. Davis (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Joyce (7), Y. Alonso (22)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - S. Souza (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Davis (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Peterson
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Semien 2 (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria (L, 4-1)5.06444402.521.08-2.0
      A. Kittredge0.23110006.753.00-4.0
      A. Kolarek0.10111006.351.24-2.0
      C. Whitley2.02110113.291.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria (L, 4-1)5.0
      A. Kittredge0.2
      A. Kolarek0.1
      C. Whitley2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (W, 6-4)6.17222603.661.1820.0
      D. Coulombe (H, 6)0.22000002.761.13-2.0
      L. Hendriks1.00000104.991.343.5
      S. Casilla1.00000204.041.374.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (W, 6-4)6.1
      D. Coulombe (H, 6)0.2
      L. Hendriks1.0
      S. Casilla1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Faria 2 (5)
      • HBP - A. Kolarek (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 93-51, A. Kittredge 12-10, A. Kolarek 12-5, C. Whitley 25-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 3-5, A. Kittredge 1-1, C. Whitley 2-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 22, A. Kittredge 5, A. Kolarek 3, C. Whitley 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 104-66, D. Coulombe 6-5, L. Hendriks 17-11, S. Casilla 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 9-4, D. Coulombe 1-0, S. Casilla 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 28, D. Coulombe 3, L. Hendriks 3, S. Casilla 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      TB51-45
      000200000290
      OAK43-52
      00004111X7112
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Souza RF00000100.271.369.514.8830.0
      S. Peterson RF40000042.260.321.411.732-2.0
      C. Dickerson LF40200021.310.350.535.8861.0
      E. Longoria 3B41200004.269.322.451.7734.0
      L. Morrison DH41200001.260.369.567.9374.0
      W. Ramos C40110001.244.286.489.7752.0
      B. Miller 2B40210012.201.341.325.6673.5
      T. Beckham SS40000004.268.319.422.7410.0
      M. Smith CF40000013.293.365.371.737-0.5
      T. Plouffe 1B30000110.212.273.347.6200.5
      Total3529202918-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Joyce RF41121003.223.331.414.7457.0
        M. Semien SS42100110.151.300.247.5473.5
        Y. Alonso 1B20210100.273.373.556.9295.0
        K. Davis DH40100014.246.334.526.8601.5
        J. Lowrie 2B41200000.270.336.449.7854.0
        B. Maxwell C21010203.274.391.370.7614.0
        M. Chapman 3B40100014.193.270.404.6730.5
        J. Brugman CF31110111.240.333.308.6413.5
        R. Davis LF41210012.227.283.336.6193.5
        Total31711615517-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Longoria (25), L. Morrison (16), B. Miller (6)
          • RBI - W. Ramos (11), B. Miller (20)
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Davis (15), J. Lowrie (28), R. Davis (13)
          • HR - M. Joyce (12)
          • SF - M. Joyce (4)
          • RBI - M. Joyce 2 (38), Y. Alonso (45), B. Maxwell (7), J. Brugman (11), R. Davis (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Joyce (7), Y. Alonso (22)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - S. Souza (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - R. Davis (5)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - S. Peterson
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Semien 2 (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Faria (L, 4-1)5.06444402.521.08-2.0
          A. Kittredge0.23110006.753.00-4.0
          A. Kolarek0.10111006.351.24-2.0
          C. Whitley2.02110113.291.003.5
          Total8.01177551---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Faria (L, 4-1)5.0
          A. Kittredge0.2
          A. Kolarek0.1
          C. Whitley2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (W, 6-4)6.17222603.661.1820.0
          D. Coulombe (H, 6)0.22000002.761.13-2.0
          L. Hendriks1.00000104.991.343.5
          S. Casilla1.00000204.041.374.0
          Total9.0922290---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (W, 6-4)6.1
          D. Coulombe (H, 6)0.2
          L. Hendriks1.0
          S. Casilla1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Faria 2 (5)
          • HBP - A. Kolarek (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 93-51, A. Kittredge 12-10, A. Kolarek 12-5, C. Whitley 25-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 3-5, A. Kittredge 1-1, C. Whitley 2-3
          • Batters Faced - J. Faria 22, A. Kittredge 5, A. Kolarek 3, C. Whitley 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 104-66, D. Coulombe 6-5, L. Hendriks 17-11, S. Casilla 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 9-4, D. Coulombe 1-0, S. Casilla 1-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 28, D. Coulombe 3, L. Hendriks 3, S. Casilla 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Joyce homered to right27
          • 7TH INNING
            Maxwell grounded out to first, Semien scored, Alonso to third, Lowrie to second26
          • 6TH INNING
            Brugman reached on bunt single to pitcher, Lowrie scored, Chapman to third25
          • 5TH INNING
            Alonso singled to center, Semien scored24
            Davis scored on wild pitch23
            Joyce hit sacrifice fly to center, Brugman scored, Davis to third22
            Davis doubled to deep right, Maxwell scored, Brugman to third21
          • 4TH INNING
            Miller reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Morrison scored, Ramos out at second20
            Ramos singled to deep right center, Longoria scored, Morrison to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Santiago Casilla relieved Liam Hendriks
            • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
            • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Plouffe struck out swinging
            • S. Peterson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Coulombe Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Morrison doubled to deep right
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Daniel Coulombe
            • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos lined out to right, Morrison to third
            • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham flied out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Whitley Pitching:
            • J. Brugman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brugman lined out to right
            • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Joyce homered to right
            • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Semien lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • T. Plouffe: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Plouffe safe at first on shortstop Semien fielding error
            • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
            • Daniel Coulombe relieved Sonny Gray
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Dickerson singled to center, Plouffe to second
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dickerson out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • A. Kolarek Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Alonso hit by pitch, Semien to second
            • Chase Whitley relieved Adam Kolarek
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis popped out to third
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lowrie singled to right, Semien to third, Alonso to second
            • B. Maxwell: Maxwell grounded out to first, Semien scored, Alonso to third, Lowrie to second
            • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison flied out to left
            • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to third
            • B. Miller: Miller doubled to deep left
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham safe at first on shortstop Semien fielding error, Miller to third
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Andrew Kittredge relieved Jacob Faria
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Lowrie doubled to deep right
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Maxwell fouled out to third
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Chapman singled to center, Lowrie to third
            • J. Brugman: Brugman reached on bunt single to pitcher, Lowrie scored, Chapman to third
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chapman out at home, Brugman to third, Davis to second
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Andrew Kittredge
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Joyce lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
            • T. Plouffe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Plouffe walked
            • S. Peterson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson singled to left, Plouffe to second
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maxwell walked
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • J. Brugman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brugman walked, Maxwell to second
            • R. Davis: Davis doubled to deep right, Maxwell scored, Brugman to third
            • M. Joyce: Joyce hit sacrifice fly to center, Brugman scored, Davis to third
            • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis scored on wild pitch, Ball, Semien singled to left center
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien to second on wild pitch, Alonso singled to center, Semien scored
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Morrison singled to right, Longoria to third
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ramos singled to deep right center, Longoria scored, Morrison to third
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Miller reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Morrison scored, Ramos out at second
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Beckham grounded into double play third to second to first, Miller out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis grounded into double play second to first, Alonso out at second
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lowrie grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • T. Plouffe: Plouffe lined out to center
            • S. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Joyce: Ball (pitchout), Strike looking, Ball, Joyce flied out to left
            • M. Semien: Ball (pitchout), Davis picked off at second, pitcher to first to second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to third
            • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Miller reached on an infield single to second
            • T. Beckham: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to second, Miller to second
            • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie fouled out to second
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maxwell walked
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Chapman popped out to first
            • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brugman struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging, Souza caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria doubled to center
            • L. Morrison: Morrison lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Peterson in right
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien fouled out to first
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alonso singled to right
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis doubled to deep right center, Alonso out at home
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)