Oakland (CBS) Despite going down by five runs early in the first inning, the Rays found a rhythm and were able to fight back and win 10-8 behind the strong bat of rookie Desmond Jennings. Jennings has been the offensive spark the Rays desperately needed. He hit his first major league home run today in the sixth inning, and singled again in the seventh to end the day with four RBIs.
Wade Davis (8-7) started on the mound for the Rays and got off to a rough start, giving up six straight hits and five runs in the first inning. Once Davis escaped the first, he found his command and pitched five scoreless innings to keep his team in the game.
A’s starter Rich Harden pitched fairly well for Oakland Thursday afternoon, allowing two earned runs and three hits through six innings. His relief wasn’t as fortunate when the Rays’ offense rallied back to score seven runs in the seventh to take a 9-6 lead.
The bullpen did their job in relief of Davis and Kyle Farnsworth closed it out to record his 20th save of the year. Tampa Bay is now 54-50 on the year with a 2-5 record on this 10-game road trip out west.
The team may be down, but not out as they look to end strong with a series against the Seattle Mariners, who just snapped a 17-game losing streak on Wednesday. The win today was a morale boost after losing three straight in Oakland, and with this victory comes a chance to take three from Seattle and break even on this 10-game road trip.
Whatever the result, 18 of the Rays remaining 56 games are against AL East rivals Boston and New York. The season is not over for the Rays, and this comeback win could be a turning point for a team that hasn’t played particularly well since the All-Star break.