Willingham's Home Run Lifts A's to Ten Inning Victory
W: De Los Santos (1-0)
L: McGee (0-1)
S: Bailey (13)
The Oakland A's did something they haven't done since May 8th of this year. They have won a road series. Josh Willingham's tenth inning home run of Jake McGee gave the A's a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The A's finish the season 5-2 against Tampa Bay.
Willingham was 2-for-5 in the ballgame while hitting his 17th of the season. Kevin Kouzmanoff had 16 all of last season to lead the A's. Hedeki Matsui also hit his 11th home run of the season to extend his hit streak to 15 games.
Trevor Cahill went six innings giving up three runs on six hits, striking out five. Leaving the game with a 4-3 lead. Grant Balfour could not hold the game as Evan Longoria tied the game in the seventh inning with his 16th home run of the season. It was Balfours third blown save of the season. The A's Brian Fuentes, De Los Santos, and Andrew Bailey all pitched scoreless innings for the A's, who won their first road series in after losing 12 straight since the early weeks of May when they took 2-of-3 from the Kansas City Royals.
David Price lasted 4.2 innings for the Rays, giving up four runs on seven hits. J.P. Howell, Joel Peralta, and Kyle Farnsworth pitched 4.1 innings of two hit shutout ball. McGee would pitch the tenth inning and give up the lead off home run to Willingham. The Rays also got a home run off the bat of Casey Kotchman, his sixth this year. Kotchman went 3-for-5 in the game.
Player of the Game: Willingham: 2-for-5, GW HR
The A's are off Monday. Tuesday starts a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Rich Harden (2-2 4.63 ERA) will face Brett Cecil (4-4 4.35 ERA)