OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Coco Crisp singled home the winning run in the 13th inning for his eighth career game-ending RBI, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night.
Ryon Healy doubled to start the rally against Dylan Floro (0-1), and both Healy and Crisp tossed their batting helmets in the air after the win that took 3 hours, 31 minutes.
John Axford (4-3) pitched the 12th and 13th innings for the win.
Alonso hit a leadoff single in the 11th against Erasmo Ramirez and advanced on Healy’s sacrifice. Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick drew walks to load the bases. Kevin Jepsen entered and got Khris Davis to ground out.
Both teams squandered scoring chances all night.
A’s rookie Sean Manaea struck out seven and didn’t give up a walk in eight innings. He retired the first 14 batters he faced before Corey Dickerson’s two-out single to right field in the fifth for the Rays’ first baserunner.
Kevin Kiermaier led off the eighth with a single and moved to second on Luke Maile’s sacrifice — just Tampa Bay’s second time reaching second — and went to third on Logan Forsythe’s lineout. Manaea escaped unscathed when he retired Brandon Guyer on an inning-ending fly, and the pitcher pounded his hand into his glove to celebrate.
That extended his scoreless streak over the past two starts to 15 innings.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi hung tough with Manaea in a duel of two promising young starters. The right-hander, who snapped a six-start winless streak last Sunday against Baltimore for his first win since June 8, matched his career high with eight innings.
He allowed five hits in eight scoreless innings and didn’t walk a batter for the third time this year.
Manaea struck out five of the first eight batters he faced and got a nice defensive play from Healy at third base to end the second. Healy sprinted into foul territory and made a sliding catch in front of A’s dugout on Dickerson’s popup.
He hasn’t won in three starts and three appearances since June 29 against San Francisco.
Manaea began his career with 12 straight starts but came out of the bullpen last Sunday when left-hander Rich Hill had to exit five pitches into his outing with a blister.
Rays: 1B Logan Morrison missed his fourth straight game, a day after receiving an injection in his injured forearm.
A’s: SS Marcus Semien — the only A’s player who had start in every game over the first 96 contests — was called earlier in the day by manager Bob Melvin that he would receive a rare day off to get a mental and physical break but he entered in the eighth. His streak of consecutive starts to begin the season was the longest by an Oakland player since Miguel Tejada started all 162 games at shortstop in 2003. Semien has five errors over his last eight games after just eight in his initial 88. … Hill was due to play catch again with protection on his middle finger.
Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (2-11, 5.64 ERA) pitches Saturday trying to snap an 0-7 record over his last 10 outings, the longest losing streak by a Rays starter since Chris Archer lost seven straight decisions from Sept. 6 last year to this past April 20. James Shields was the last Tampa Bay pitcher to drop seven in a row during a single season in 2010. Oakland has lost 10 of its last 11 games started by a left-handed opposing pitcher.
A’s: RHP Kendall Graveman (2-4, 6.49) is 5-0 with a 3.29 ERA over his last nine starts, a career-best winning streak.
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