H E
TB 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 10 0
Oak 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Date of game: 8/1/2012

Recap: Oakland vs. Tampa Bay

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Alex Cobb fired seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Oakland Athletics, 4-1, in the rubber match of a three-game set at the Coliseum.

Cobb (5-8) surrendered just four hits and one walk while striking out six to snap a three-start losing skid. Fernando Rodney tossed a scoreless ninth to nail down his 31st save of the season.

Carlos Pena clubbed an RBI double and added a solo home run in the eighth to help the Rays wrap up a nine-game road trip at 6-3.

"We played very good ball clubs. We took series away from home, on the road, which is always a good sign," said Pena of his team's recent trip. "A 6-3 road trip is something that we need to be pleased about and we are."

Jarrod Parker (7-5) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks over six frames.

"I'm not real happy with it," said Parker of his outing. "They took advantage and moved guys over and played baseball."

Brandon Inge provided the Oakland offense with a leadoff blast in the fifth as the A's lost for the third time in their last four games.

The Rays plated a run in their first at-bat as Desmond Jennings stroked a leadoff single, moved to second on a bunt and then found third on a groundout.

Matt Joyce then delivered a two-out base hit into right field to score Jennings for a 1-0 advantage.

Tampa Bay tacked on another run in the fourth as Jeff Keppinger ripped a one- out double and Ryan Roberts followed two batters later with a line drive single to left to provide the visitors with a two-run cushion.

Cobb had retired 10 straight batters before Inge got Oakland on the board in the fifth with a leadoff blast over the wall in left to bring the home team within 2-1.

The Rays responded in their next at-bat as Keppinger singled to start the frame before crossing home on Pena's double into the corner in right field.

Pena then added a one-out, solo shot in the eighth to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Rays open a six-game homestand on Friday with a three-game set against Baltimore...Oakland continues a ten-game homestand with three straight games against the Blue Jays beginning on Friday...Oakland went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six on base...The Rays finished 3-for-12 with men in scoring position and stranded eight runners.

NASCAR News
Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race

Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell on Saturday.

Extra Points: Snyder and the Beltway radio wars

If contradiction was an Olympic sport, Chip Kelly would certainly be medal-worthy judging by his performance at the NFL's owners meeting but the Eagles coach might have to settle for silver because Daniel Snyder's critics will take the gold every time.

2015 PREVIEW NL EAST: It's the Nationals and everybody else

There isn't much after that. The Miami Marlins are loaded up for a playoff push -- likely through a wild card spot -- and the New York Mets are up-and- coming but still raw. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, former powerhouses of the division, are going through rebuilds and won't contend anytime soon.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.