Cron, Wendle, Ramos hit consecutive HRs, Rays beat A's 4-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) It took two months of scrambling and three big swings from the heart of their lineup to finally get the Tampa Bay Rays back above .500 after an awful 1-8 start.

Now the challenge for Kevin Cash's ballclub is to stay there.

C.J. Cron, Joey Wendle and Wilson Ramos hit consecutive home runs in the third inning and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Tuesday night.

''We've been battling,'' Cron said. ''It was a pretty rough start so there was a lot of work to do. Yesterday it felt good to finally get there and then today to finally take that step . we're playing well right now and hopefully we can just continue winning ballgames, winning series.''

The Rays had been in a power slump with only two homers in their previous six games, both coming Sunday in a win over Baltimore. They quickly topped against Daniel Gossett (0-3) in the third.

After Gossett struck out the first two batters, Cron hit his 12th home run to left on a 1-1 pitch. Wendle, who spent the past two seasons in Oakland, connected on the sixth pitch for his second homer. Ramos hit his seventh home run three pitches later.

It's the fourth time in franchise history that the Rays have hit three consecutive home runs and the first since Sept. 21, 2016.

''Really impressive, especially that it came with two outs,'' Cash said. ''The guys had a lot of fun with it. Exciting. It energized the dugout.''

Daniel Robertson later homered for the Rays, Matt Duffy added three hits and Blake Snell struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings for his third straight victory.

Jed Lowrie had two hits and an RBI for Oakland. The A's have scored four runs or fewer in their last 13 home games.

''We're not swinging the bats great, but then we rallied at the end and had some really good at-bats,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''I was encouraged by what I saw at the end.''

One day after six pitchers combined for Tampa Bay's first shutout of the season, the Rays got another strong outing from their starter and bullpen.

Snell (7-3) gave up two hits and an unearned run. The left-hander overcame two errors behind him and allowed only two runners past second base.

Jonny Venters, Jaime Schultz, Chaz Roe and Sergio Romo completed the five-hitter.

Schultz struck out the side in the seventh on 14 pitches in his major league debut. Romo allowed two runs in the ninth but got Marcus Semien to ground out for his first American League save.

''We didn't have any bullpen today,'' Cash said. ''The guys you saw pitch were up. We didn't want to blow through any of the length that we might need tomorrow. It worked out.''

A LITTLE HELP, PLEASE

Carlos Gomez got a helping hand from A's fan Matt Welch, who was sitting in the stands near Tampa Bay's bullpen and let the Rays right fielder borrow a pair of sunglasses to battle a tough glare in the first inning. Gomez returned the favor a few moments later after chasing down Lowrie's foul ball when he gave the fan his glasses back, along with the ball.

''He needed glasses for the sun which gets bad here around game time and I offered mine to him,'' Welch told MLB.com. ''He asked another fan if he could use his, but they were normal sunglasses. Mine are more sporty ... so I asked if he wanted to use them. He made two plays with them and gave them back along with the ball he caught for the last out.''

ROSTER MOVE

Schultz's celebration was short-lived. He was optioned down to Triple-A Durham after the game to make room for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who is starting on Wednesday. The Rays also transferred right-hander Jake Faria to the 60-day disabled list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Brad Miller was back in the leadoff spot of manager Kevin Cash's lineup after hitting a ball that ricocheted off a protective screen and hit the first baseman near his left eye, opening a small cut during batting practice Monday.

Athletics: Designated hitter Khris Davis (strained right groin) will come off the disabled list when he becomes eligible Thursday, Melvin confirmed. Melvin also said that RHP Paul Blackburn's rehab stint will begin Thursday with Single-A Stockton.

UP NEXT

Eovaldi (0-0, 0.00 ERA) returns to the majors Wednesday after undergoing a second Tommy John surgery and will make his first start since Aug. 10, 2016. Sean Manaea (5-5, 3.34 ERA) pitches for Oakland. The left-hander has yielded four or more runs in each of his previous five starts.

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123456789RHE
TB27-26
0030000014103
OAK28-27
001000002351
  • W: B. Snell (7-3)L: D. Gossett (0-3)S: S. Romo (1)
  • HR: TB - W. Ramos (7), C. Cron (12), J. Wendle (2), D. Robertson (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Miller 1B40100030.243.308.414.722-0.5
C. Cron DH41211001.268.326.483.8097.0
J. Wendle 2B41111002.283.333.407.7406.0
W. Ramos C41111012.308.349.478.8275.5
M. Duffy 3B40300000.314.353.404.7572.0
M. Smith CF40000023.289.363.384.747-1.0
D. Robertson SS31211110.268.410.457.8677.5
C. Gomez RF30000101.190.260.342.6021.0
J. Field LF30000021.253.286.437.722-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000112.268.320.383.7030.5
    M. Chapman 3B40100002.231.320.422.7421.0
    J. Lowrie DH40210012.307.371.509.8813.5
    M. Canha CF40000024.234.295.453.748-1.0
    C. Pinder LF-2B40000023.252.313.456.769-1.0
    M. Olson 1B41100012.240.326.423.7491.5
    S. Piscotty RF31100120.229.286.349.6353.0
    F. Barreto 2B10000102.000.167.000.1671.0
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF20010011.203.320.373.6930.5
    B. Maxwell C41010021.167.196.250.4461.0
    • a-struck out for Barreto in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Cron (12), J. Wendle (2), W. Ramos (7), D. Robertson (6)
    • RBI - C. Cron (31), J. Wendle (14), W. Ramos (26), D. Robertson (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (10), J. Wendle (3), W. Ramos (14), D. Robertson (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lowrie (14), S. Piscotty (11)
    • RBI - J. Lowrie (39), M. Joyce (10), B. Maxwell (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie (17)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Duffy (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Gomez, B. Miller (2), D. Robertson (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Pinder (3)
    • DP - 2 (Gossett-Semien-Olson; Chapman-Olson-Semien)
    • E - F. Barreto
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell (W, 7-3)5.22102702.561.0021.5
    J. Venters (H, 3)0.10000001.000.670.0
    J. Schultz (H, 1)1.00000300.000.004.5
    C. Roe (H, 12)1.01001204.191.292.0
    S. Romo (S, 1)1.02220006.331.646.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell (W, 7-3)5.2
    J. Venters (H, 3)0.1
    J. Schultz (H, 1)1.0
    C. Roe (H, 12)1.0
    S. Romo (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Gossett (L, 0-3)5.08332336.051.50-1.5
    E. Pagan2.00000404.051.458.0
    R. Dull2.02110215.791.574.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Gossett (L, 0-3)5.0
    E. Pagan2.0
    R. Dull2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Snell (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 97-62, J. Venters 3-1, J. Schultz 14-10, C. Roe 24-15, S. Romo 22-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 7-5, J. Venters 1-0, C. Roe 1-0, S. Romo 3-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, J. Venters, J. Schultz 3, C. Roe 5, S. Romo 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 90-55, E. Pagan 26-17, R. Dull 29-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 5-4, E. Pagan 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 22, E. Pagan 6, R. Dull 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    TB27-26
    0030000014103
    OAK28-27
    001000002351
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Miller 1B40100030.243.308.414.722-0.5
    C. Cron DH41211001.268.326.483.8097.0
    J. Wendle 2B41111002.283.333.407.7406.0
    W. Ramos C41111012.308.349.478.8275.5
    M. Duffy 3B40300000.314.353.404.7572.0
    M. Smith CF40000023.289.363.384.747-1.0
    D. Robertson SS31211110.268.410.457.8677.5
    C. Gomez RF30000101.190.260.342.6021.0
    J. Field LF30000021.253.286.437.722-1.0
    Total33410442910-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS40000112.268.320.383.7030.5
      M. Chapman 3B40100002.231.320.422.7421.0
      J. Lowrie DH40210012.307.371.509.8813.5
      M. Canha CF40000024.234.295.453.748-1.0
      C. Pinder LF-2B40000023.252.313.456.769-1.0
      M. Olson 1B41100012.240.326.423.7491.5
      S. Piscotty RF31100120.229.286.349.6353.0
      F. Barreto 2B10000102.000.167.000.1671.0
      a- M. Joyce PH-LF20010011.203.320.373.6930.5
      B. Maxwell C41010021.167.196.250.4461.0
      Total34353031219-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Semien SS4
      M. Chapman 3B4
      J. Lowrie DH4
      M. Canha CF4
      C. Pinder LF-2B4
      M. Olson 1B4
      S. Piscotty RF3
      F. Barreto 2B1
      a- M. Joyce PH-LF2
      B. Maxwell C4
      Total34
      • a-struck out for Barreto in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Cron (12), J. Wendle (2), W. Ramos (7), D. Robertson (6)
      • RBI - C. Cron (31), J. Wendle (14), W. Ramos (26), D. Robertson (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (10), J. Wendle (3), W. Ramos (14), D. Robertson (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lowrie (14), S. Piscotty (11)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (39), M. Joyce (10), B. Maxwell (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Duffy (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Gomez, B. Miller (2), D. Robertson (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Pinder (3)
      • DP - 2 (Gossett-Semien-Olson; Chapman-Olson-Semien)
      • E - F. Barreto
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 7-3)5.22102702.561.0021.5
      J. Venters (H, 3)0.10000001.000.670.0
      J. Schultz (H, 1)1.00000300.000.004.5
      C. Roe (H, 12)1.01001204.191.292.0
      S. Romo (S, 1)1.02220006.331.646.0
      Total9.05323120---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 7-3)5.2
      J. Venters (H, 3)0.1
      J. Schultz (H, 1)1.0
      C. Roe (H, 12)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Gossett (L, 0-3)5.08332336.051.50-1.5
      E. Pagan2.00000404.051.458.0
      R. Dull2.02110215.791.574.0
      Total9.01044294---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Gossett (L, 0-3)5.0
      E. Pagan2.0
      R. Dull2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Snell (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 97-62, J. Venters 3-1, J. Schultz 14-10, C. Roe 24-15, S. Romo 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 7-5, J. Venters 1-0, C. Roe 1-0, S. Romo 3-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, J. Venters, J. Schultz 3, C. Roe 5, S. Romo 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 90-55, E. Pagan 26-17, R. Dull 29-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 5-4, E. Pagan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 22, E. Pagan 6, R. Dull 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Maxwell grounded out to first, Piscotty scored43
        Joyce grounded out to shortstop, Olson scored, Piscotty to third42
        Robertson homered to left41
      • 3RD INNING
        Lowrie doubled to left center, Maxwell scored31
        Ramos homered to right30
        Wendle homered to right20
        Cron homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Dull Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy singled to center
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Duffy caught stealing, catcher to second, Robertson homered to left
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomez popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Sergio Romo relieved Chaz Roe
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Olson singled to right
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty doubled to deep left, Olson to third
        • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Joyce grounded out to shortstop, Olson scored, Piscotty to third
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maxwell grounded out to first, Piscotty scored
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Semien grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Dull relieved Emilio Pagan
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron lined out to third
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle flied out to deep left
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramos struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chaz Roe relieved Jaime Schultz
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
        • M. Chapman: Chapman singled to right center, Semien to third, Chapman to second on right fielder Gomez fielding error
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Canha struck out on foul tip
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pinder grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Pagan Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Gomez grounded out to third
        • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jaime Schultz relieved Jonny Venters
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • Matt Joyce hit for Franklin Barreto
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Joyce struck out on foul tip
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Daniel Gossett
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Duffy lined out to center
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Robertson struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Lowrie singled to left
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha grounded out to shortstop, Lowrie to second
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lowrie to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • Jonny Venters relieved Blake Snell
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Olson grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Cron reached on an infield single to second, Cron to second on shortstop Barreto fielding error
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Wendle grounded out to second, Cron to third
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • F. Barreto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barreto walked
        • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Semien reached on fielder's choice to third, Barreto out at second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chapman flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Robertson singled to deep left, Robertson out at second
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomez walked
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Field grounded out to third, Gomez to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson popped out to third
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • J. Field: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron homered to left center
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wendle homered to right
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ramos homered to right
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duffy singled to right
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maxwell safe at first on shortstop Robertson fielding error
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Chapman lined out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie doubled to left center, Maxwell scored
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Canha grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Duffy singled to right
        • M. Smith: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Duffy out at second
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gomez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pinder safe at first on 1st baseman Miller fielding error
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked, Pinder to second
        • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Ball, Barreto grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Piscotty out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Foul, Miller singled to shallow right
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cron reached on fielder's choice to third, Miller out at second
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wendle reached on fielder's choice to third, Cron out at second
        • W. Ramos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramos flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Semien flied out to right
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie fouled out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)