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sounded so sincere in giving credit

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    March 31, 2020 7:45 PM PDT

    ST. Patrick Weigel Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. - It took the Tampa Bay Rays 11 innings into the third game of the series to come through with a big hit against the Oakland Athletics. Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run home run with two out in the 11th Thursday to lift the Rays to a 5-2 victory that ended their four-game losing streak — and Oaklands five-game winning streak. "I wouldnt say it would have been the end of the world if wed have lost that one, but the morale would have been a little lower," said Alex Cobb, who pitched 6 2-3 shutout innings in his first start since April 12. "It was a huge win for us. For Roddy to go off in that fashion and deliver that to us is a big boost that is very welcome." Rodriguezs team-leading fifth homer came off Luke Gregerson after Desmond Jennings two-out single had tied it against Dan Otero (4-1). "It was obviously good to get a win after the fact that we were able to go that many innings with the pitchers throwing as well as they did," Rodriguez said. Yeonis Cespedes sacrifice fly had given the As a 2-1 lead in the top of the 11th. Cespedes also drove in the first Oakland run with an RBI double in the ninth off Rays closer Grant Balfour. Josh Lueke (1-2) got the win after one inning of relief for the Rays, who had scored only four runs during their four-game losing streak. "It was great for our guys to do that," said manager Joe Maddon. "We needed some kind of a boost all night and we were foiled in our attempts." The Athletics lost for only the second time in 13 games. "Its always nice to win a series, but when youve won two and youre ahead, not being able to close it out is a little disappointing," said As manager Bob Melvin. "But you pick up and go on to tomorrow." Yunel Escobar drove in the Rays first run with a single in the seventh off Oakland starter Sonny Gray, who pitches eight innings and reduced his league-leading earned run average to 1.99. Cobb gave up three hits and two walks while striking out six after spending 35 days on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. The right-hander tied a franchise record with his third straight scoreless start. "It felt like for a while there might not be any runs scored," Melvin said. "Youve just got to wait out the starting pitcher and try to get to the bullpen." The Rays final out in the ninth came when Jennings was caught stealing. The original call of safe was overturned by a replay challenge that took two minutes and 13 seconds. NOTES: Rays manager Joe Maddon had struggling slugger Evan Longoria hit second for the second straight game, saying he wanted the third baseman to have a "try-and-get-on-base" attitude. Longoria hit just .196 over his previous 29 games. ... OF Coco Crisp and SS Jed Lowrie returned to the As lineup simultaneously after missing games with sore necks. . . . Tampa Bay 2B Ben Zobrist said he still has some inflammation in his dislocated left thumb but hopes to return around May 30. ... Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (arthroscopic right elbow surgery) threw 34 pitches during his first batting practice session and expects to return before the All-Star break. ... Oakland LHP Scott Kazmir (5-1) will face Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (4-4) Friday night in Toronto. ... Tampa Bay RHP Chris Archer (3-2) and Boston RHP John Lackey (5-3) are Friday nights scheduled starters. Jacob Webb Jersey . Still, its a start. Josh Baileys goal with 1:40 left capped a furious third-period rally, and the Islanders edged the Penguins 4-3 on Friday night. Satchel Paige Jersey .Y. -- Syracuses streak lives on -- barely.11) So do the Orioles miss Davis, or not? He batted .196 and hit 26 homers. .196 they can do without, but 26 homers they cant replace. Theres something about a home run threat in the middle of a batting order--for all the times Davis struck out, the threat didnt seem to matter, but when its not there, it does.12) Does it take too long to play a baseball game? Im not talking about extra-inning marathons or slugfests, but rather, a low-scoring, nine-inning affair. On Monday, the Rays beat the Yankees 1-0. The game ended two minutes short of the 3 1/2 hour mark.13) USA beat Serbia to win the Basketball World Cup. Did you know that? I cant decide if it received proper coverage. Part of me thinks it should have been a bigger deal, and the other part would have been happy to ignore it entirely.14) As the gifts pile up on his farewell tour, Derek Jeter got crabs in Baltimore. Is there a better way of saying that?15) Shouldnt Tim Leiweke actually write his tell-all book about MLSE before he quotes from it?16) The next time you want to prove that a rabid crowd can help a team, will there be a better example than Buffalos support for the Bills in the game that opened the first of many seasons under the neew ownership of Terry Pegula? Players have never sounded so sincere in giving credit to fans as the Bills did after beating Miami 29-10. Sonny Jackson Jersey. 17) If the NHL is going to spend so much time identifying and punishing divers, dont you think it should consider "degree of difficulty" in all such determinations?18) Did you ever understand the need to have NHL coaches write the names of their first three shootout participants on a lineup sheet? I never did, and as often as I asked the NHL, it could never explain itself. Thus, that part of the shootout process has been discontinued. Logic takes its proper place so seldom, and it usually takes too long.19) Baseballs manager of the year awards arent usually water cooler material, I know, but how would you decide this years winner in the American League? Its Mike Scioscia of the Angels vs. Buck Showalter of the Orioles.20) How many green jackets can you buy with 11 1/2 million dollars? Billy Horschel won that much by winning the season-ending Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup and before he could be asked if it was about the money, he said it was. So along with the money, he got credit for being honest about the money. Nice. ' ' '