A's Snap Losing Streak

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer during a four-run 11th inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Holliday hit his fifth homer of the season on a two-out, 3-2 pitch from Joe Nelson. Adam Kennedy later added an RBI double.

Santiago Casilla (1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win, which stopped Oakland's four-game losing streak.

Willy Aybar hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the bottom of the 11th.

The defending AL champion Rays (20-21), who had won four straight, failed in the attempt to move above the .500 mark for the first since they were 4-3.

Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields allowed four hits in 8 1/3 shutout innings. Dan Wheeler (1-1) took the loss.

Athletics left-hander Josh Outman gave up three hits, one walk and struck out six over six scoreless innings.

Oakland starting pitchers had given up 31 runs -- 23 earned -- over 13 innings in the previous four games. In losing all four of those games, the Athletics allowed 47 runs overall.

Orlando Cabrera started the first with a single and went to second when Holliday drew a two-out walk. Shields then started a stretch of retiring 17 in a row by inducing an inning-ending grounder from Jason Giambi. The run ended when Holliday hit a one-out single in the seventh.

Tampa Bay had two on and one out in the third, but failed to score when B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford struck out.

Upton had a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth against Andrew Bailey and went to third on a single by Crawford. After Evan Longoria struck out and Carlos Pena walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, Jason Bartlett struck out swinging.

Bartlett went 1-for-4 with a walk, and is hitting .380 this season.


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