The Tampa Bay Rays (19-17) defeated the Oakland Athletics (21-15) 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. The win prevented the Rays from being swept in Oakland, and wrapped up a west coast trip that saw the Rays go 5-2 against the Angels and Athletics.
Oakland got the scoring started with a three-run fourth inning - Stephen Priscotty and Mitch Moreland came up with the RBI hits to give Oakland a 3-0 lead. Tampa Bay answered in the fifth inning when Willy Adames hit a three-run home run to tie the game. The Rays took the lead in the sixth when Mike Brosseau hit a solo shot that gave the Rays a 4-3 lead that would hold.
Shane McClanahan allowed three earned runs on four hits in four innings of work while striking out five and walking two to start the game. Jeffrey Springs (3-1, 2.30) picked up the win ut of the bullpen while Andrew Kittridge picked up his second save of the season by pitching the last inning and two-thirds while not allowing a run.
The Rays now return to St. Petersburg and have a day off Monday. They begin a three game series against the Yankees at Tropicana Field which begins Tuesday night. First pitch Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:10 - pregame coverage begins with Jay Recher and the Inside Pitch at 6 on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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