Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays drop 2nd straight at home
Posted May 6, 2012 by Joey Johnston
Updated May 6, 2012 at 05:11 PM
ST. PETERSBURG – Home wasn’t so sweet for the Rays on Sunday afternoon. The Oakland Athletics, rallying from an early four-run deficit, battered rookie starter Matt Moore and raced to a 9-5 victory before 23,873 fans at Tropicana Field.
After winning 10 consecutive games at home, the Rays have now dropped two straight. Oakland won two of three games to take the series. The Rays had won their previous four series at home this season.
The A’s surged ahead 5-4 with a five-run third inning off Moore, who surrendered a three-run homer to third baseman Brandon Inge.
Oakland tacked on three more runs in the fifth, getting an RBI double from Jonny Gomes, the ex-Ray, and a two-run double from Daric Barton.
Moore (1-2) worked 4 2/3 innings, surrendering seven hits and eight earned runs.
Oakland left-hander Tommy Milone (4-2), who gave up four runs in a 41-pitch inning, was credited with the victory.
Milone worked himself into a world of trouble during the first, when he walked three batters and also hit another. The Rays made him pay with a sacrifice fly from Jeff Keppinger, an RBI single from Sean Rodriguez and a two-run single by Matt Joyce.
B.J. Upton smacked a solo homer in the fifth.
Meanwhile, Rays left fielder Desmond Jennings, the leadoff batter, left the game in second inning with left knee soreness. His next availability wasn’t immediately known.
The Rays (19-10) leave Monday for New York, where they will begin an eight-game road trip. Tampa Bay faces the Yankees on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Baltimore and Toronto.
The Rays return home on May 16 against the Boston Red Sox.