05/21 21:18 CDT Colome and DeJesus key Rays' 3-0 win over A's
Colome and DeJesus key Rays' 3-0 win over A's
By MARK DIDTLER
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --- Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a
four-hitter, David DeJesus drove in two runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the
Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Thursday night to take sole possession of first place
in the AL East.
Colome (3-1) gave up four hits over five innings. Steve Geltz, Kevin Jepsen,
Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger, who pitched the ninth for his 12th save, all
threw an inning to complete a six-hitter.
DeJesus had an RBI double in the fourth and hit a solo homer during a two-run
seventh that put Tampa Bay up 3-0.
The Rays (23-19), who took a half-game lead over the idle New York Yankees,
have held opponents to two or fewer runs in 21 of 42 games this season.
Jesse Chavez (1-4) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings for
Oakland, which has lost 13 of 15. It's the first time the A's (14-29) have been
15-games under .500 since Sept. 27, 2011.
Brandon Guyer scored the other seventh-inning run after hitting a single,
stealing second and third, and scoring on Bobby Wilson's groundout that hit
reliever Edward Mujica around the right hand and forced him from the game.
Billy Burns opened the game with a triple, but was left stranded after some
questionable baserunning. He didn't try to advance after tagging up on Marcus
Semien's fly to center that appeared deep enough for him to score on and then
nearly got doubled up on Josh Reddick's grounder to first.
Oakland also failed to score in the fourth after loading the bases with two
outs when Sam Fuld, mired in a 3-for-48 slide, hit a grounder.
The Athletics put two on with two outs in the ninth before Brett Lawrie struck
Athletics: OF Coco Crisp (neck) will see a specialist Friday. ... INF-OF Ben
Zobrist (left knee) will join Triple-A Nashville Friday and could return early
next week. ... LHP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will throw an inning Friday for
Nashville. ... LHP Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) will have his first bullpen
session Saturday. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz had a cortisone shot in the AC joint of
his throwing shoulder and could shortly resume throwing.
Rays: LHP Matt Moore (elbow surgery) is scheduled to throw two innings in his
first extended spring training game Saturday.
Athletics LHP Scott Kazmir (2-2, 3.08 ERA) will face his old team Friday. The
Rays will start RHP Chris Archer (4-4. 2.47 ERA).