ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- The
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
finally found a way to beat a team other than the
had three hits and two RBI and
pitched six effective innings as the
snapped a six-game losing streak against the
with a 7-4 triumph.
Since August 20, Tampa Bay had posted a 4-11 record, with all four wins coming against Seattle. The
also had dropped six straight to Oakland after winning the first meeting of the season between the teams.
But in this one, the
roughed up Oakland rookie
(4-4), who allowed five runs and eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings.
"Sometimes he has a good fastball, sometimes he doesn't," Oakland manager
said. "It's tough to figure out because he had an extra day's rest. This was a rough outing for Rich. Hopefully, he can bounce back and give us a good one. His consistency hasn't been there. This could be his youth."
stroked a two-run double in the second to erase a 1-0 Athletics lead and, after an RBI groundout by
in the third,
ripped a run-scoring two-base hit to give the
a 4-1 cushion.
Crawford added RBI singles in the fourth and sixth for Tampa Bay, which has won three of its last four games. The 22-year-old left fielder also stole his American League-leading 47th base.
"I just try to do what I can," Crawford said. "It feels good to get a win against these guys, especially like that, put up a lot of runs."
Bell (4-3) improved to 3-1 in eight career starts against Oakland, yielding three runs and six hits in six innings. The righthander, who has won four of his last five decisions, walked two and struck out one.
"Laborious would be the best adjective to describe tonight's game," Bell said. "I don't think I had a 1-2-3 inning until the sixth. It was definitely the right call to take me out. I was battling for every single out. I could've easily been out of the game in the second. I didn't have great stuff, I just made my pitches when I needed to and didn't give in."
worked around a hit in the ninth for his 23rd save.
homered and drove in two runs for Oakland, which has lost three of its last four contests.
The Athletics gave Harden an early lead, as
opened the game with a triple and scored on
's sacrifice fly. But Tampa Bay moved ahead in the second when LaForest doubled in
with two outs in the second.
Crawford opened the third with a single and stole second before
walked. A wild pitch by Harden advanced the runners, and Huff plated Crawford with a groundout.
After Lee grounded out, Martin stroked an RBI double to right, increasing the
' advantage to 4-1.
Guillen led off the fourth with his sixth homer, halving Oakland's deficit, but Crawford drove in Anderson with a two-out single in the bottom of the inning to regain Tampa Bay's three-run cushion and end Harden's evening.
"The thing that's frustrating is the two-out hits that were hurting me tonight," Harden said. "Physically, I feel strong, but my velocity was down and I did not have good command of my fastball. My split wasn't there, and that's always been the pitch I could fall back on."
"It didn't seem like he was throwing as hard this time," said Crawford, whose team was beaten by Harden on Sunday. "We got some hits early on and got to the bullpen, and we like that."
Guillen smacked an RBI single in the fifth for Oakland, but Crawford answered with a run-scoring base hit in the sixth.
relieved Bell to start the seventh and allowed the Athletics to climb within 6-4 on
's RBI single. But Huff greeted
in the bottom of the frame with a double, took third on a groundout and stole home to give Tampa Bay a three-run bulge.
"It's nice to win, but we have some tough games ahead down the stretch,"
said. "The players get it done on the field and the coaches do good instructing."