OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Willy Adames hit a three-run homer in the fifth, Mike Brosseau added a tiebreaking drive the following inning and the Tampa Bay Rays held off the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.
The A’s squandered a chance in the eighth when Matt Olson hesitated on Andrew Kittredge’s passed ball and was thrown out at third by catcher Mike Zunino.READ MORE: Survivors Of Two Pandemics Credit Pets With Helping Them Survive
Jeffrey Springs (3-1) struck out two in the fifth for the win. Kittredge got five outs for his second save.
Oakland lefty Cole Irvin (3-4) was looking to build on a career-high nine strikeouts his last time out that gave him 29 Ks over his past four starts while going 3-1.
But Irvin couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead and wasn’t as dominant as in recent outings. He allowed four runs — three earned — and four hits over six innings, with three strikeouts and a walk.
Rays lefty Shane McClanahan gave up three runs on four hits in four innings, struck out five and walked two. He has pitched four innings in each of his four starts.
The A’s faced a left-handed starter for the seventh time in eight games and ninth in 11.
Sergio Romo struck out the side in order in the seventh, then fellow Oakland reliever Burch Smith pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts in his first appearance since coming off the injured list following a groin strain.
Sunday marked 11 years since Dallas Braden’s Mother’s Day masterpiece, when he pitched a perfect game against the Rays here on May 9, 2010. Highlights of the lefty’s gem were shown on the main scoreboard.
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“Dallas had just really good command that day,” Kapler said. “His ball was sinking, sinking away from us right-handed hitters and he had a nice backdoor breaking ball working, and he was working fast. One of the things that we ask of our pitchers, like, really pushing the pace of the game.
“That game went really fast. Being on the other side — we have also been on the side of Mark Buehrle’s gem — you never want to be in that position and you’re going to scratch and claw to try to ensure that doesn’t happen. He just beat us that day.”
Braden pitched the A’s first perfecto since Hall of Famer Jim “Catfish” Hunter on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins.
A’s President Dave Kaval is aiming for a “grand reopening” July 2 against the Red Sox with fireworks ahead of July 4 and more fans in the lower bowl of the Coliseum if COVID-19 restrictions soften in Alameda County and social distancing isn’t as necessary outdoors.
“We’re thrilled that fans are back in the building. It’s really exciting to see everyone out here on Mother’s Day, a lot of really good energy,” Kaval told The AP. “We’re excited to have more fans, hopefully a grand reopening in early July without the social distancing. It could be a great thing, the fireworks, could be amazing.”
Sunday drew a crowd of 6,911.
Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier went on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left wrist that he hurt trying to steal second base in the second inning Saturday. X-rays were negative but he was still in pain Sunday. Manager Kevin Cash called it a “no-brainer” it would take some time to heal, and Kiermaier may be examined further once the team returns home.MORE NEWS: Vehicle Crashes Into Heritage Oaks Hospital In Sacramento
Athletics: CF Ramón Laureano, who was back playing the field for Saturday’s game after a break Friday as the designated hitter, was held out as a precaution with a right thumb injury that manager Bob Melvin considers minor. Laureano could have played through it, Melvin said. … OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) was set to travel and join Triple-A Las Vegas before beginning a rehab assignment Monday that Melvin figures will be at least three games.