A’s rally to beat Rays 5-4 on error in 8th

Posted: 21/08/2010 in MLB

A’s rally past Rays thanks to error

Oakland Athletics' Vin Mazzaro

Kevin Kouzmanoff scored the go-ahead run on an error in the eighth inning, helping the Oakland Athletics come back for a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of four games at Oakland Coliseum.

Kouzmanoff finished 2-for-4, while Jack Cust added his ninth home run of the season for the A’s, who moved back over .500 with their fourth straight win. Cliff Pennington added two hits, while Daric Barton drove in two in the victory.

Vin Mazzaro lasted 6 1/3 frames, allowing three runs — one earned — on three hits and four walks while fanning five. Henry Rodriguez (1-0) received the win for a perfect eighth, and Craig Breslow notched his second save with a flawless ninth.

Ben Zobrist homered for the Rays, but also committed the error that allowed Kouzmanoff to score, as Tampa Bay remained one game behind the Yankees in the AL East after New York was blanked by Seattle. Matt Joyce drove in two runs in defeat, the Rays’ second straight after a five-game win streak.

Jeremy Hellickson, making his fourth big league start, was bidding to become the first pitcher to begin his career with four straight wins since Cleveland’s Scott Lewis in 2008. Instead, he got the no-decision after yielding three runs, seven hits and a walk while fanning seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Hellickson did, however, extend his own record, becoming the first pitcher since 1900 to notch a quality start in each of his first four major league starts.

Joaquin Benoit (0-2) took the loss for allowing the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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