A's Brett Anderson Gets First Win

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Brett Anderson pitched into the seventh inning to pick up his first major league win, and Orlando Cabrera was one of six Oakland Athletics players to drive in at least a run in a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Anderson (1-4) gave up four runs - two earned - and four hits over six-plus innings. The victory came in his seventh career start, all coming this season.

Cabrera had two RBIs, helping Oakland win its second in a row and sixth in the last 16 games.

Tampa Bay left-hander Scott Kazmir (4-4) had another dismal outing, allowing seven runs, eight hits, four walks and hitting a batter in 4 1-3 innings. Over his last five starts, Kazmir has given up 31 runs - 29 earned - over 23 innings.

Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar homered for the defending AL champion Rays (20-22), who have lost two in a row after a four-game winning streak.

Oakland took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Jason Giambi in the first and Kurt Suzuki during the second. Adam Kennedy's run-scoring double and a sacrifice fly by Bobby Crosby made it 4-0 in the third.

Pena hit a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 4-2. Pena's 14th homer of the season ended a 40 at-bat stretch in which he hadn't gone deep.

Aaron Cunningham had an RBI double and Cabrera drove in a pair with a single as Oakland extended its lead to 7-2 in the fifth.

Aybar hit a solo homer in the fifth and added a sacrifice fly during a two-run seventh that pulled Tampa Bay to 7-5. Akinori Iwamura tripled in a run in the seventh, and was later thrown out by second baseman Kennedy attempting to score on pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist's pop fly down the right field line.

After Santiago Casilla threw a wild pitch that allowed a run to score that cut the Athletics' advantage to 7-6, the right-hander later induced a grounder from Aybar with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth.

Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his fifth save. He got help when Ryan Sweeney made a diving, two-out catch on B.J. Upton's drive to center that might have scored the tying run.


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