ST. PETERSBURG -- A three-run seventh led the A's to a 7-2 win over the Rays in the second game of a single-admission doubleheader Saturday at Tropicana Field. It was the Major Leagues' first scheduled doubleheader since the A's hosted the Angels on July 16, 2011.The win earned the A's
ST. PETERSBURG -- A three-run seventh led the A's to a 7-2 win over the Rays in the second game of a single-admission doubleheader Saturday at Tropicana Field. It was the Major Leagues' first scheduled doubleheader since the A's hosted the Angels on July 16, 2011.
The win earned the A's a split, and halted their losing streak at three games. The Rays' loss snapped a four-game winning streak.
"I think once that [first] game was over, we had to move forward and get ready for the next one," said Oakland's Yonder Alonso, who finished with seven hits in the twin bill. "That's all it really was. We obviously understand our mistakes, and we've just got to get better at it."
Holding a 3-2 lead in after six innings, the A's got after right-hander Ryne Stanek, who surrendered a solo home run to Ryon Healy, and a two-run homer to Chad Pinder. The outburst gave the A's a four-run cushion, effectively putting the game on ice.
Home runs accounted for four of the A's runs, as Josh Phegley also went deep for the A's.
Evan Longoria accounted for all of the Rays runs with a home run -- the 250th of his career -- and an RBI single.
Sean Manaea started for the A's and held the Rays to two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his sixth win of the season. Chih-Wei Hu took his first loss of the season for the Rays. Hu replaced Rays starter Matt Andriese, who had to leave the game after one inning with a strained right groin.
"You probably got the sense that it wasn't going to be the best game when we lose our starter before the second inning," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
"It makes things easy when you have guys behind you that put in the work," said Manaea, a winner of five consecutive decisions. "Sometimes it doesn't go our way, but every day, it seems like we're trying to get better."
In Game 1, Longoria's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Rays a 6-5 win over the A's. The feat earned Longoria, the longest-tenured Ray, his club-record eighth career walk-off hit.
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Brugman's beauty: The Rays brought in Jose Alvarado to start the sixth and two of the first three hitters faced by the left-hander reached, leaving runners at the corners for Jaycob Brugman. The rookie pushed a bunt down the first-base line. Due to the placement of the bunt, Rays first baseman Logan Morrison could only watch the ball and hope it rolled foul. It did not, stopping dead on the foul line while Khris Davis scored from third, putting the A's up 3-1.
Longoria reaches milestone: Longoria led off the sixth by depositing a 1-2 pitch from Manea 401 feet into the left-field stands for his ninth home run of the season, and the 250th home run of his illustrious career. The milestone home run was a barreled ball that had an exit velocity of 103.6 mph with a launch angle of 36 degrees. Longoria had not homered in his previous 10 games, and this one cut the A's lead to 3-2.
"There aren't many players in this game who can say 250, and Evan is not anywhere close to stopping, so he's going to continue knocking them out," Cash said.
"That was a [heck] of a play. When the ball was hit, I didn't think there was any way he was going to get to it. But he did, and for a guy that's played mostly center, he can play the corners really well. … I think he's going to prove here he can play baseball."
-- A's manager Bob Melvin, on Brugman's nifty leaping grab at the warning track in the first that took a hit away from Timothy Beckham with two on, preserving an early tie
"He's the face of the franchise, has been for a while -- really has probably been since he came up. You know, there are certain guys in certain organizations that you identify with the organization. He is that guy here, so I've seen him do plenty of damage. Even though he's not in our division, I've seen him enough to know that you don't have a good feeling when he comes to the plate."
-- Melvin, on Longoria
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The A's racked up 32 combined hits for the day -- a franchise record for a doubleheader.
Oakland challenged a play in the second after Rajai Davis was called out to end the inning trying to steal second base. Following a delay of 2 minutes, 20 seconds, the ruling on the field was overturned and Davis was deemed safe.
Athletics:Jesse Hahn will get the start on Sunday as Oakland wraps up its four-game set against the Rays at 10:10 a.m. PT at Tropicana Field. The right-hander has not won a road game in the past two seasons, going 0-6 with a 5.57 ERA in 10 outings to match the longest skid by any A's pitcher in 17 years.
Rays:Chris Archer (4-4, 3.65) will get the nod for the Rays in the 1:10 p.m. ET contest. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in seven starts at Tropicana Field this season.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.
Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the A's on Saturday.