ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Simply when it appeared the A’s had their backs to the wall, they went back-to-back — over the wall — and that sudden turnaround produced a 4-Three victory towards the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night time at Tropicana Area.
The A’s hit consecutive sixth-inning house runs off Rays reliever Emilio Pagan, first a two-run go-ahead shot by Matt Olson, then a solo shot from Khris Davis.
That in the end made a winner out of right-hander Mike Fiers (6-3), who allowed simply three hits and retired the final seven batters he confronted. Fiers was adopted by three relievers, together with nearer Blake Treinen, who made the ninth inning attention-grabbing by issuing a four-pitch stroll to Brandon Lowe, then going 2-Zero to Yandy Diaz.
Treinen settled right down to strike out Diaz and get a grounder from Ji-Man Choi, however Willy Adames made it a one-run sport with a two-out RBI single. Kevin Kiermaier was then retired on a game-ending grounder to Olson at first.
The A’s are again at .500 (34-34) and now can clinch a successful report for the three-city, 10-game highway journey by defeating the Rays on Wednesday afternoon.
The Rays, who utilized “opener’’ Ryne Stanek (one scoreless inning) and bulk pitcher Jalen Beeks (an unearned run over 4 innings), entered the sixth nursing a 2-1 lead. With one out towards Pagan, Matt Chapman bounced a routine grounder within the gap to Adames at shortstop. The throw was bounced to first baseman Choi, who stored his foot on the bag, however bobbled the ball throughout his stretch.
Olson adopted with a two-run homer on Pagan’s 2-Zero pitching, offering the A’s their first lead of the collection at 3-2. On Pagan’s second pitch to Davis, it was one other homer.
From the fifth inning onward, Fiers and the A’s bullpen — Liam Hendricks and Lou Trivino — retired 13 consecutive Rays batters. Seven of these outs got here by strikeout.
The Rays opened scoring on Tommy Pham’s first-inning solo house. They pulled forward 2-Zero whereas executing a double steal with two outs within the fourth inning. With runners on first and third, Kiermaier broke for second and the throw by catcher Josh Phegley was off-line, permitting Adames to return house with no problem.
Then the sport turned rapidly.
The A’s received one run again within the fifth. Jurickson Profar led off with a single, then moved to second on Mike Zunino’s handed ball. One out later, Chad Pinder collected an RBI single, making it 2-1.
After a sixth-inning energy surge — and late-game shutdown pitching by a lot of the bullpen — the A’s grabbed momentum and stored it for good.