ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Rays a 6-5 win over the A's in the first game of a single-admission doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field -- the Major Leagues' first scheduled doubleheader since the A's hosted the Angels on July 16, 2011.
The Rays claimed their fourth consecutive win, while sending the A's to their third consecutive loss.
Peter Bourjos singled off Liam Hendriks to start the 10th and moved to second on a wild pitch. Longoria then drove a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line to bring home Bourjos with the winning run.
"It's been quite a while since I've had a walk-off hit, so it felt good," said Longoria, who went 3-for-5 after entering the game in the midst of a 1-for-10 stretch. "Peter worked a great at-bat, gets a hit. Gets to second, and I was just thinking [to] keep it simple, at the very least move him over to third and give the next guy a chance if I didn't get it done. I saw the ball pretty well during that at-bat. I fought off some pretty good pitches, ended up getting a mistake. The last one was kind of right down the middle."
The A's scored three in the third against Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez when Jed Lowrie doubled home one run, and Khris Davis and Yonder Alonso each had RBI singles.
Steven Souza Jr. answered for the Rays in the fourth with a two-run single that cut the lead to 3-2. Timothy Beckham's two-run double in the sixth put the Rays up, 4-3 -- and when he scored from second base on a daring dash to the plate on Michael Martinez's single and an error, the Rays were up 5-3.
Ryon Healy's RBI single in the seventh moved the A's back to within one of the lead at 5-4. Alonso and Healy then cobbled together back-to-back doubles against Alex Colome in the ninth to tie the score at 5.
"They got big hits when they needed to, and we didn't," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "That ended up being the result."
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Big-moment Beck: Longoria doubled to open the sixth and moved to third on a groundout. Souza then drew a walk before Colby Rasmus struck out, bringing Beckham to the plate to face A's starter Sonny Gray. Beckham fell behind 0-1 before driving an 84.2-mph slider to right for a double to drive home two and give the Rays a 4-3 lead. When Martinez followed with an infield single, Beckham raced home from second. A's catcher Josh Phegley dropped Alonso's throw to the plate, allowing Beckham to mint the Rays' fifth run.
Double trouble: Colome has been lights out all season. So when the Rays' closer entered the game to start the ninth with a 5-4 lead, the prospect of an A's comeback wasn't good, particularly after Khris Davis struck out to start the inning. But Alonso went the other way, lacing a double to left. Rajai Davis was sent into the game to pinch run for Alonso, then Healy doubled to left to drive home the tying run and hand Colome his third blown save of the season.
"It's frustrating. You've got good stuff and then there's just a couple innings here and there that hurt big time."
-- Gray, who allowed five runs -- two earned -- on nine hits while walking one and striking out 10 in six innings
"He's gotten tons of hits: big ones here, during his career. That was one we needed and he probably needed, too. Because he's been spinning a little bit, showing a little bit of frustration, and that makes you feel a little better."
-- Rays manager Kevin Cash, on Longoria's winning hit
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Longoria's winning hit was the eighth walk-off hit of his career, extending a franchise record, ahead of Carl Crawford (six) and Melvin Upton Jr. (six). But it was his first walk-off hit since a two-run homer on May 11, 2013, against the Padres.
To make room on the roster for Matt Andriese to be activated for the second game of the doubleheader, right-hander Ryan Garton was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
The A's issued a challenge in the 10th when Chad Pinder was called out while sliding back to first base on Lowrie's lineout to third to complete an inning-ending double play. Following a review of 2 minutes, 35 seconds, the call was ruled to stand.
A's: Sean Manaea started Game 2 of Oakland's single-admission doubleheader against the Rays at Tropicana Field. The left-hander, who entered 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA, is on a career-best, four-game win streak. He took a no-decision in his only other outing against Tampa Bay last July -- a 13-inning A's victory.
Rays: Andriese (5-1, 3.45 ERA) returned from the 10-day disabled list to start the second game of Saturday afternoon's single-admission doubleheader at Tropicana Field. The game started 45 minutes after the end of the first game. He has won four consecutive decisions, the longest stretch of his career.
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