ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) The Oakland A’s played steady, efficient baseball Saturday night to grab the shutout win and snap Tampa Bay’s three-game win streak.
The 8-0 loss for the Rays brings them to 59-53 on the season and a distant 10 games back from the American East leading Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay has showed signs of life over the past two weeks, but the wins are sporadic and have been too infrequent to gain any ground on Boston and New York.
Alex Cobb (3-2) faced opposing A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy, and lets just say it was far from a pitching duel. Cobb didn’t bring his best stuff tonight, and the A’s offense was able to take advantage and score often.
McCarthy continued his dominance against the Rays hitters, going eight solid innings giving up five hits and striking out five.
Oakland never gave Tampa Bay an opportunity to sneak back into the game. David DeJesus had two solo homers and Jemile Weeks and Adam Rosales tacked on another two RBIs each for the A’s.
The Rays also allowed seven stolen bases tonight, four of them compliments of Coco Crisp (37).
Tampa Bay fell to 3-2 on their 10-game homestand, and look ahead to finish up a three-game series with the A’s on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch is at 1:40 p.m.