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Home runs power A's to top Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sonny Gray brought the good stuff, and the A's offense gave their ace the needed run support in a 7-2 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Gray, who had to leave the game with a right ankle contusion compliments of a James Loney shot in the fourth, allowed no runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Sonny Gray brought the good stuff, and the A's offense gave their ace the needed run support in a 7-2 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Gray, who had to leave the game with a right ankle contusion compliments of a James Loney shot in the fourth, allowed no runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

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"We knew we had our work cut out for us with Gray on the mound," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Threw a good ballgame. We had some opportunities. … We had some guys in scoring position, got some guys on base, but we weren't able to capitalize early in the game."

Home runs fueled the A's attack. Billy Burns led off the game by homering on Erasmo Ramirez's first pitch. Mark Canha and Josh Reddick followed suit.

Logan Forsythe came through with a two-run single in the eighth to cut the A's lead to 6-2.

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Immediate production: It didn't take long for the Athletics to strike. Ramirez wound up and fired the first pitch of the contest, and A's center fielder Burns promptly delivered it to the seats in right field. The home run was the first of Burns' career. More >

Video: OAK@TB: Burns leads off with first career homer

Ramirez's Waterloo: Ramirez allowed just two runs in his first five innings, but he found trouble when he returned to pitch the sixth. Stephen Vogt drew a walk to start the inning before Ramirez hit Billy Butler with a pitch. One out later, Canha connected for a three-run homer to left that put the game on ice at 5-0. More >

Video: OAK@TB: Canha belts a three-run homer in the 6th

Gray takes shot to ankle: Gray exited before the the start of the sixth with a right ankle contusion that he suffered after taking a sharp ground ball off the bat of Loney in the fourth. Gray, who picked up his fifth win of the season, completed the fourth and fifth innings after being evaluated by trainers, but he was replaced by Dan Otero, who pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Video: OAK@TB: Gray hit by comebacker, leaves after 5th

"He was all right for a little bit, and then after the fifth, it started bothering him," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. "When you're talking about your push-off leg, you don't want to mess around with that." More >

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Kevin Kiermaier led off the Rays' first with an infield single, extending his career-long hitting streak to nine games.

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After Ramirez's pickoff attempt of Reddick in the third inning was ruled unsuccessful, Cash challenged the call, believing that Loney got the tag down before Reddick reached the bag. After a 56-second delay, the call was overturned.

Video: OAK@TB: Ramirez picks off Reddick to end the frame

WHAT'S NEXT
Athletics: Jesse Hahn (1-4, 4.43 ERA) will try and snap a career-high three-game losing streak when he faces off against the Tigers, whom he has never faced before, in Oakland on Monday at 1:05 p.m. PT. In four home starts this season, Hahn is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA.

Rays: Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 2.43 ERA) has been money for the Rays, he's just been in the bad slot. On the nights he pitches, the Rays' offense rarely shows up, as evidenced by the 1.67 runs the offense has scored per Odorizzi start. The right-hander has pitched into the seventh inning eight times in nine starts, matching his 2014 season total. He gets the start vs. the Mariners on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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