Tampa Bay Rays top­ple A’s

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Shayna Rubin

OAK­LAND — A con­fi­dence boost from the start­ing ro­ta­tion felt per­ti­nent fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that Frankie Mon­tas, the A’s ace, would be sus­pended for 80 games for test­ing pos­i­tive for PED use.

Granted, Mon­tas’ shoes were large to fill — Tan­ner An­der­son, in his third start with the A’s this year, left a lit­tle too much space for com­fort, tak­ing his sec­ond loss in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 5-3 win on Fri­day night.

An­der­son’s sinker started him off strong, but the Rays had him de­coded the sec­ond time through the or­der. They made enough hard con­tact to tack three runs on him in his four in­nings of work. An­der­son col­lected four strike­outs and one walk.

Wei-Chung Wang al­lowed the Rays a cush­ion; Willy Adames turned on an in­side fast­ball that sailed into the left field bleachers. Matt Ol­son and Ra­mon Lau­re­ano both knocked their 12th home runs of the year to get the A’s on the board.

The A’s took one more at­tempt at a come­back just like Thurs­day night, cour­tesy of the Matts, Chap­man and Ol­son. Both were gen­er­at­ing scorch­ing exit ve­loc­i­ties on the night; Chap­man’s dou­ble to the cen­ter field wall and Ol­son’s RBI dou­ble down the first base line put the A’s down just one run with no outs.

But Khris Davis grounded out, Lau­re­ano struck out look­ing at a ques­tion­able fast­ball a touch out­side the zone and Jurick­son Pro­far’s grounder up the mid­dle found a glove to kill the po­ten­tial rally.

The A’s moved to 40-37 and play the Rays again to­day.

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