Pena Hits Two HR's in Rays 8-2 Win Over A's

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Carlos Pena hit a pair of home runs, Scott Kazmir allowed two hits over six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Friday night.

Gabe Gross also homered and Jason Bartlett recorded four hits as the Rays won a series opener on the road for the first time this season.

Kazmir (3-1) retired the final 11 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after Jack Cust led off the second with a single. He walked three and struck out two as he improved to 7-2 all-time against the A's, matching his most wins against any team.

Jack Hannahan homered and Ryan Sweeney singled home a run in the
eighth for Oakland, which lost its fifth straight, all to AL East teams.

A's starter Trevor Cahill (0-2) lasted 2 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Carl Crawford doubled home a run in the first and Gross led off the second with his first home run of the season.

The Rays took control of the game with five runs in the third, three on Pena's seventh home run. He took over the AL lead from Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin with a home run leading off the sixth.

Dioner Navaaro and Akinori Iwamura also drove in runs in the fifth for the Rays.

Grant Balfour kept the A's off the board with a perfect seventh, but Hannahan led off the eighth against Joe Nelson with his first home run. After Mark Ellis reached second base on a wild pitch following a strikeout and a balk, Sweeney singled him home.


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