St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria belted a two-run homer
while Jose Lobaton and Ben Zobrist each had two RBI to push the Tampa Bay Rays
over the Oakland Athletics, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game set.
The Rays were coming off a disappointing 2-7 road trip and were in risk of
falling six games below .500 for the first time since 2008, but went 7-for-12
with runners in scoring position Friday to back a quality start by Alex Cobb
(2-1), who scattered three runs and 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Oakland starter Brett Anderson (1-3) left early after suffering a sprained
ankle. The Rays batted around in the first inning against the left-hander and
scored four times thanks to four hits and two walks in his only inning of
Evan Scribner followed Anderson and also gave up four runs over three innings
as the A's had their three-game winning streak snapped.
The Sports Network