by Kahlil Najar
OAKLAND – Chris Bassitt had another great performance tonight but the A’s bats were held in check for most of the night and the A’s fell to the Rays 2-1.
“We got our share of hits, we couldn’t get a big one when we needed one,” said Oakland head coach Bob Melvin.
Billy Burns, Danny Valencia and Billy Butler were all held hitless tonight and went 0 for 11. Brett Lawrie did his best as he was able to grab a pair of hits and score the A’s only run of night in the bottom of the ninth.
The Rays got on the board in the top if the second when Bassitt hit Logan Forsythe then after a wild pitch moves Forsythe to second. Desmond Jennings then smacked a line drive single to left field to bring in Forsythe and make it 1-0 lead for Tampa Bay.
In the top of the ninth the Rays added to their lead when Jennings hit his first homer of the year over the field fences and made it a 2-0 lead with the A’s down to their final three outs.
After a Reddick line out to start the bottom of the ninth Lawrie and Vogt hit back to back singles off of Rays reliever Brad Boxberger. With Crisp at bat Boxberger threw a wild pitch that move Lawrie over to third and Sam Fuld, who was in for Vogt, to second. A few pitches later Crisp hit a soft fly ball single to score Lawrie and move Fuld to the 3rd.
Oakland had their first run of the night with two outs left in the game.
Crisp stole second base with Marcus Semien up to bat and put the pressure on the Rays to get the last two outs. Boxberger was able to strike out Semien and then get Burns to fly out to Jennings to end the game and give the Rays the 2-1 victory.
The A’s and Ray’s head back at it tomorrow when the Rays send RHP Erasmo Ramirez (10-4) against the A’s RHP Sonny Gray (12-5).