W: B. Fuentes (2-8)
L: J. Howell
S: Bailey (12)
The Oakland A's are finally doing the things we were asking them to do before the All-Star break: timley hitting, being patient at the plate, moving runners over, getting clutch base hits, and scoring runs.
All of this has helped the A's in the one catagory that counts: WINNING!! DUH!
Connor Jackson's two run double in the seventh inning proved to be the game winner as the A's rallied from three runs down to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 in the first game of a four game series at the O.co Coliseum on Monday night.
Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson pitched to one batter in the sixth inning but still left the ball game with a three run lead. Scott Sizemore was that batter, also scored on a David DeJesus sacrifice fly in the inning. It would also open up for a big rally in the seventh inning as the Rays bullpen couldn't hold the lead for Hellickson, who pitched five innings only giving up three runs on four hits.
Kelly Shoppach would knock A's starter Guillermo Moscoso out of the game in the sixth as well as he hit his sixth home run of the season of the young A's right hander. Moscoso gave up five runs on eight hits, while walking four and giving up two home runs, including a first inning home run from Ben Zobrist (12th of the season).
While the A's bullpen shined, the Rays faltered. Hideki Matsui singled to start the rally in the sixth inning of Rays pitcher J.P. Howell, followed by a Josh Willingham walk. David DeJesus would get Matsui in on an RBI single. Joel Peralta entered the game for the Rays and gave up the deciding blow, a two run double that gave the A's the lead. They didn't look back as Coco Crisp added insurance with an RBI double in the eighth inning.
Andrew Bailey got two strikeouts in the ninth inning to get the save.
Player of the Game: Connor Jackson: 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBI *game winning double in the seventh.