ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP) After 10 scoreless innings, the
got a little help from the
Tampa Bay Rays
to finally break out.
hit a three-run homer during a four-run 11th inning to help the Athletics beat the
Tampa Bay Rays
4-1 on Tuesday night.
''We need to start winning games because it's been frustrating,'' Holliday said after Oakland won for just fifth time in 15
Holliday hit his fifth homer of the season on a two-out, 3-2 pitch from
later added an RBI double.
''That was something,'' Athletics manager
said. ''Holliday, with two strikes, hit one of the longest balls I've seen all year.''
Holliday got a chance to hit after Rays shortstop
's grounder that should be ended the inning.
''It's definitely not on J.B.,'' Nelson said. ''That's where I need to step up.''
(1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win, which stopped Oakland's four-game losing streak.
hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the bottom of the 11th.
The defending AL champion Rays (20-21), who had won four straight, failed in the attempt to move above the .500 mark for the
first since they were 4-3.
''That's the kind of game that we've permitted to get away from us this year way too often,'' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon
said. ''We've got to starting winning those kind of games on a consistent basis.''
Tampa Bay right-hander
allowed four hits in 8 1-3 shutout innings.
(1-1) took the loss.
''I've always said it's not how you pitch, it's when you pitch,'' Shields said. ''Our team is a good team, and we're going
to come back from this. Their pitcher did a great job of counteracting what I was doing out there.''
Shields is 1-3 in his last six starts despite allowing 16 runs - 13 earned - in 40 2-3 innings.
gave up three hits, one walk and struck out six over six scoreless innings.
''Obviously I'd like a win, but the team getting the win at this point is more important,'' Outman said. ''I think this could
right the the ship for us and we can stop giving up big numbers and let the offense work.''
Oakland starting pitchers had given up 31 runs - 23 earned - over 13 innings in the previous four games. In losing all four
of those games, the Athletics allowed 47 runs overall.
started the first with a single and went to second when Holliday drew a two-out walk. Shields then started a stretch of retiring
17 in a row by inducing an inning-ending grounder from
. The run ended when Holliday hit a one-out single in the seventh.
Holliday had two hits in four at-bats. He entered 1 for 14 against the Rays this season.
Tampa Bay had two on and one out in the third, but failed to score when B.J. Upton and
Upton had a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth against
and went to third on a single by Crawford. After
struck out and
walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, Bartlett struck out swinging.
Bartlett went 1 for 4 with a walk, and is hitting .380 this season.
Notes: Rays C
(pinkeye) was out of the lineup for the second straight game, but entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth. Maddon
said with a smile that Navarro's eye looks like a ''scene from a horror film.'' ... Giambi went 0 for 3, and is hitless in
13 at-bats overall, against Shields. ... Crawford stole his 25th base of the season in the 10th. ... Tampa Bay's streak of
scoring three or more runs in 21 straight games - which was the longest active stretch in the majors - ended.