Longoria, Zobrist Lead Rays Past Athletics

FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Friday night.

Jose Lobaton also drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to back the pitching of Alex Cobb (2-1), who allowed three runs and 10 hits over 7 1-3 innings.

Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie, who went 4 for 4, had run-scoring singles off Cobb in the first for the A’s. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson (1-3) left with an ankle injury after Tampa Bay scored four times in the bottom half of the inning. Coco Crisp extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning double and added a solo homer off Cobb in the seventh.

Oakland loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth before Fernando Rodney — in a non-save situation — struck out John Jaso and got Seth Smith to ground into a game-ending double play.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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