Davis hits slam in 9th but A's again stumble, Rays win 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics missed out this weekend on gaining ground to host the AL wild-card game.

Khris Davis hit a grand slam in the ninth inning but the Athletics again came up short, beaten by the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Sunday.

''It was good to see on a day that looks like we're dragging a little bit or a little bit flat to be able to put up a four-spot like that,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

The A's remained 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the top AL wild-card spot. Oakland lost for the second straight day at Tropicana Field - the Yankees fell to Toronto both days.

Oakland dropped 4 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Houston, which beat Arizona.

Tampa Bay trails Oakland by seven games with 14 games left.

C.J. Cron and Willy Adames homered off A's starter Mike Fiers. Eight Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

''Oakland came in here as hot as any team and we pitched like we needed to,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Down 5-0, the A's loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth on three walks by Jake Faria. After Jose Alvarado struck out Jed Lowrie, Sergio Romo allowed Davis' major league-leading and career-high tying 43rd homer before getting the final two outs for his 21st save.

Davis' second career slam gave him 115 RBIs, second in the majors to the 122 for Boston's J.D. Martinez.

Fiers (12-7) dropped to 5-1 over eight starts since being acquired from Detroit on Aug. 6. He gave up three runs and four hits in four innings. The righty worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second.

''Put the guys behind early,'' Fiers said. ''Just too many jams, too many errant pitches.''

Cron had a two-run drive in the first and Adames hit a fourth-inning solo shot. The Rays (82-66) secured their first winning season since reaching the playoffs in 2013 (92-71) as an AL wild-card team.

''There's no way around it, we've had a good year,'' Cron said. ''It's just that the guys in front of us are having an exceptionally good year. I think most years this (record) would be good enough for a playoff spot.''

Diego Castillo worked the first inning for the Rays, then Andrew Kittredge (3-2), Hunter Wood and Jaime Schultz all went two innings apiece.

Kittredge also got the win in the Rays' 7-5 victory Saturday night by retiring his only batter, Mark Canha, on two-out, bases-loaded grounder in the eighth.

Matt Olson, who went 2 for 3 with a walk, was the only Oakland player to reach base through seven innings.

Cron put Tampa Bay ahead 2-0 on his career-high 27th home, coming two pitches after Lowrie could only get a forceout after bobbling an apparent inning-ending double-play grounder to second by Ji-Man Choi.

The Rays went up 5-0 in the seventh on Brandon Lowe's two-run triple.

TWENTY IS STILL SPECIAL

Rays ace Blake Snell (19-5) will be seeking a major league-leading 20th win in the second of a three-game series Tuesday night at Texas. ''I think it's a huge stat for a pitcher,'' Cash said. ''Sometimes you're at the mercy of the club, I understand that, but ultimately if you win 20 ballgames you're going to put the club on your back and carry a lot of the load. Blake has done that.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (upper back) is nearing a bullpen session and might rejoin the rotation next weekend. ''We'll have a better indication once gets off the mound and really has to extend,'' Melvin said. ''I think that's where he was having his troubles.'' Cahill is 6-3 in 19 starts.

Rays: OF Tommy Pham, playing through groin and right ring finger injuries was rested. ... Cash said it is unclear if C Michael Perez (left hamstring) will return this season.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Liam Hendriks (0-1) will be the opener for the sixth time this month Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-4) will face Texas RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1) on Monday night.

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OAK90-60
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TB82-66
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  • W: A. Kittredge (3-2)L: M. Fiers (12-7)S: S. Romo (21)
  • HR: OAK - K. Davis (43), TB - C. Cron (27), W. Adames (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Martini LF31000110.284.391.388.7791.5
M. Chapman 3B31000100.282.362.523.8852.0
J. Lowrie 2B40000023.268.353.450.803-1.0
K. Davis DH41141010.249.327.544.8718.5
M. Olson 1B30200110.246.330.456.7852.5
S. Piscotty RF40000003.265.321.481.8020.0
R. Laureano CF30100001.281.357.509.8652.0
M. Semien SS30000001.258.323.382.7050.0
J. Lucroy C20000010.239.289.319.608-0.5
a- M. Joyce PH01000100.199.315.352.6672.0
  • a-walked for Lucroy in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF-LF40000112.300.369.412.7810.5
M. Duffy 3B31100003.297.361.371.7324.0
J. Choi DH41000002.262.345.506.8511.0
C. Cron 1B31221110.252.319.485.8048.5
C. Gomez PR-RF01000000.219.307.353.6601.0
B. Lowe 2B40120001.247.362.506.8685.0
K. Kiermaier CF40100021.226.284.387.6712.0
W. Adames SS31211100.267.333.407.7419.0
J. Bauers LF-1B30100101.199.320.392.7115.0
J. Sucre C40100005.188.224.213.4361.0
HITTERSAB
M. Smith RF-LF4
M. Duffy 3B3
J. Choi DH4
C. Cron 1B3
C. Gomez PR-RF0
B. Lowe 2B4
K. Kiermaier CF4
W. Adames SS3
J. Bauers LF-1B3
J. Sucre C4
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Laureano (9)
    • HR - K. Davis (43)
    • RBI - K. Davis 4 (115)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Laureano, M. Semien
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Duffy (21), W. Adames (7), J. Bauers (18)
    • 3B - B. Lowe (2)
    • HR - C. Cron (27), W. Adames (9)
    • RBI - C. Cron 2 (64), B. Lowe 2 (19), W. Adames (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (24), B. Lowe 2 (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 2 (2), M. Duffy 3 (3), B. Lowe, K. Kiermaier, J. Sucre
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Kiermaier (10), J. Bauers (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Olson-Semien)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Adames-Lowe-Cron; Lowe-Adames-Bauers)
    • PB - J. Sucre (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (L, 12-7)4.04333223.381.17-2.0
    C. Gearrin1.01000003.511.312.0
    R. Buchter1.01000102.861.212.5
    E. Pagan1.02221104.421.25-1.5
    F. Montas1.01000003.901.472.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (L, 12-7)4.0
    C. Gearrin1.0
    R. Buchter1.0
    E. Pagan1.0
    F. Montas1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Castillo1.00000203.240.984.0
    A. Kittredge (W, 3-2)2.00001106.371.7012.5
    H. Wood2.01000003.821.535.0
    J. Schultz (H, 2)2.00000103.490.996.5
    A. Kolarek1.02000004.201.301.0
    J. Faria0.00333005.341.43-6.0
    J. Alvarado (H, 30)0.10000102.091.080.5
    S. Romo (S, 21)0.21110113.361.155.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Castillo1.0
    A. Kittredge (W, 3-2)2.0
    H. Wood2.0
    J. Schultz (H, 2)2.0
    A. Kolarek1.0
    J. Faria0.0
    J. Alvarado (H, 30)0.1
    S. Romo (S, 21)0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Gearrin (3)
    • HBP - M. Fiers (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 80-45, C. Gearrin 16-8, R. Buchter 13-9, E. Pagan 20-11, F. Montas 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 4-5, C. Gearrin 2-1, E. Pagan 1-1, F. Montas 3-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 19, C. Gearrin 4, R. Buchter 4, E. Pagan 6, F. Montas 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Castillo 13-11, A. Kittredge 25-16, H. Wood 29-19, J. Schultz 24-14, A. Kolarek 16-11, J. Faria 16-4, J. Alvarado 5-3, S. Romo 7-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Castillo 1-0, A. Kittredge 2-2, H. Wood 3-3, A. Kolarek 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Castillo 3, A. Kittredge 6, H. Wood 7, J. Schultz 6, A. Kolarek 4, J. Faria 3, J. Alvarado, S. Romo 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Martini LF31000110.284.391.388.7791.5
    M. Chapman 3B31000100.282.362.523.8852.0
    J. Lowrie 2B40000023.268.353.450.803-1.0
    K. Davis DH41141010.249.327.544.8718.5
    M. Olson 1B30200110.246.330.456.7852.5
    S. Piscotty RF40000003.265.321.481.8020.0
    R. Laureano CF30100001.281.357.509.8652.0
    M. Semien SS30000001.258.323.382.7050.0
    J. Lucroy C20000010.239.289.319.608-0.5
    a- M. Joyce PH01000100.199.315.352.6672.0
    Total294441468-----
    • a-walked for Lucroy in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith RF-LF40000112.300.369.412.7810.5
    M. Duffy 3B31100003.297.361.371.7324.0
    J. Choi DH41000002.262.345.506.8511.0
    C. Cron 1B31221110.252.319.485.8048.5
    C. Gomez PR-RF01000000.219.307.353.6601.0
    B. Lowe 2B40120001.247.362.506.8685.0
    K. Kiermaier CF40100021.226.284.387.6712.0
    W. Adames SS31211100.267.333.407.7419.0
    J. Bauers LF-1B30100101.199.320.392.7115.0
    J. Sucre C40100005.188.224.213.4361.0
    Total3259524415-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Smith RF-LF4
    M. Duffy 3B3
    J. Choi DH4
    C. Cron 1B3
    C. Gomez PR-RF0
    B. Lowe 2B4
    K. Kiermaier CF4
    W. Adames SS3
    J. Bauers LF-1B3
    J. Sucre C4
    Total32
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Laureano (9)
      • HR - K. Davis (43)
      • RBI - K. Davis 4 (115)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Laureano, M. Semien
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Duffy (21), W. Adames (7), J. Bauers (18)
      • 3B - B. Lowe (2)
      • HR - C. Cron (27), W. Adames (9)
      • RBI - C. Cron 2 (64), B. Lowe 2 (19), W. Adames (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (24), B. Lowe 2 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 2 (2), M. Duffy 3 (3), B. Lowe, K. Kiermaier, J. Sucre
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier (10), J. Bauers (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Olson-Semien)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Adames-Lowe-Cron; Lowe-Adames-Bauers)
      • PB - J. Sucre (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (L, 12-7)4.04333223.381.17-2.0
      C. Gearrin1.01000003.511.312.0
      R. Buchter1.01000102.861.212.5
      E. Pagan1.02221104.421.25-1.5
      F. Montas1.01000003.901.472.0
      Total8.0955442---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (L, 12-7)4.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      R. Buchter1.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      F. Montas1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Castillo1.00000203.240.984.0
      A. Kittredge (W, 3-2)2.00001106.371.7012.5
      H. Wood2.01000003.821.535.0
      J. Schultz (H, 2)2.00000103.490.996.5
      A. Kolarek1.02000004.201.301.0
      J. Faria0.00333005.341.43-6.0
      J. Alvarado (H, 30)0.10000102.091.080.5
      S. Romo (S, 21)0.21110113.361.155.5
      Total9.0444461---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Castillo1.0
      A. Kittredge (W, 3-2)2.0
      H. Wood2.0
      J. Schultz (H, 2)2.0
      A. Kolarek1.0
      J. Faria0.0
      J. Alvarado (H, 30)0.1
      S. Romo (S, 21)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Gearrin (3)
      • HBP - M. Fiers (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 80-45, C. Gearrin 16-8, R. Buchter 13-9, E. Pagan 20-11, F. Montas 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 4-5, C. Gearrin 2-1, E. Pagan 1-1, F. Montas 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 19, C. Gearrin 4, R. Buchter 4, E. Pagan 6, F. Montas 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Castillo 13-11, A. Kittredge 25-16, H. Wood 29-19, J. Schultz 24-14, A. Kolarek 16-11, J. Faria 16-4, J. Alvarado 5-3, S. Romo 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Castillo 1-0, A. Kittredge 2-2, H. Wood 3-3, A. Kolarek 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Castillo 3, A. Kittredge 6, H. Wood 7, J. Schultz 6, A. Kolarek 4, J. Faria 3, J. Alvarado, S. Romo 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Davis homered to left, Joyce, Martini and Chapman scored45
      • 7TH INNING
        Lowe tripled to deep right, Duffy and Gomez scored05
      • 4TH INNING
        Adames homered to left03
      • 1ST INNING
        Cron homered to left, Choi scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jake Faria relieved Adam Kolarek
        • Matt Joyce hit for Jonathan Lucroy
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martini walked, Joyce to second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked, Joyce to third, Martini to second
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Jake Faria
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Alvarado
        • K. Davis: Davis homered to left, Joyce, Martini and Chapman scored
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Jaime Schultz
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Olson singled to left center
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop, Olson out at second
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Laureano doubled to deep right center
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Frankie Montas relieved Emilio Pagan
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adames doubled to deep right
        • J. Bauers: Bauers grounded out to second, Adames to third
        • J. Sucre: Sucre reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Adames out at home
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Schultz Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman popped out to first
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to deep right
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Ryan Buchter
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy doubled to deep left
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi grounded out to first, Duffy to third
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cron walked
        • Carlos Gomez ran for C.J. Cron
        • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt to third, Lowe tripled to deep right, Duffy and Gomez scored
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jaime Schultz relieved Hunter Wood
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to left
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Lucroy fouled out to first
        • N. Martini: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martini fouled out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Cory Gearrin
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • W. Adames: Ball, Adames flied out to center
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers doubled to deep center
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sucre fouled out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Wood Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Davis lined out to left
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson singled to center
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to third, Olson out at second
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Piscotty to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Laureano flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Cory Gearrin relieved Mike Fiers
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duffy grounded out to third
        • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi lined out to left
        • C. Cron: Cron singled to left center
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron to second on wild pitch, Ball, Lowe grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Hunter Wood relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • N. Martini: Foul, Foul, Foul, Martini flied out to deep center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adames homered to left
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sucre singled to right
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Laureano lined out to right
        • M. Semien: Semien lined out to center
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Choi flied out to center
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Lowe popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Andrew Kittredge relieved Diego Castillo
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Olson walked
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to second, Olson out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Adames walked
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked, Kiermaier to third, Adames to second
        • J. Sucre: Sucre lined out to first, Adames out at second
        • M. Smith: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Bauers stole second, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Castillo Pitching:
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martini struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy hit by pitch
        • J. Choi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Choi reached on fielder's choice to second, Duffy out at second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron homered to left, Choi scored
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Lowe flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)