A's Fall to Rays, Settle For Series Split - NBC Bay Area

A's Fall to Rays, Settle For Series Split

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    Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays is tagged out at home plate by Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics in front of umpire Jim Reynolds #77 during the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on June 23, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND (AP) Travis d'Arnaud drove in three runs and hit a two-run homer, Austin Meadows hit a three-run double, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Sunday for a split of the four-game series.

    Ryan Yarbrough (6-3) followed Tampa Bay's opener to pitch six innings. The lefty allowed one run on five hits and struck out three.

    D'Arnaud's fourth homer of the year came in the third to put the Rays ahead then he helped them add on in a five-run fourth with an RBI single that chased A's starter Brett Anderson (7-5).

    Anderson got through a 1-2-3 first on six pitches then didn't have another easy inning. A double play helped him avoid damage ending the second.

    Marcus Semien hit an RBI double for the lone A's earned run on a picture-perfect Bay Area afternoon with a first-pitch temperature of 80 degrees.

    Tampa Bay opener Ryne Stanek struck out the side all swinging in the first allowing a walk to Matt Chapman and Khris Davis' single.

    Manager Kevin Cash then turned to Yarbrough after a leadoff walk to Mark Canha in the second. Three batters later, Josh Phegley singled and shortstop Willy Adames threw wildly past first as the A's went ahead with an unearned run.

    The Rays didn't trail for long. They came out swinging on the way to 15 hits for a nice finish to a grueling stretch with 21 games in 20 days since June 4 and 34 games in as many days.

    Tampa Bay pitchers ended a streak of allowing a home run in eight straight games.

    A's manager Bob Melvin flip-flopped his two slugging Matts in the batting order, with Matt Olson hitting second for the first time all season and Chapman third.

    Chapman went 0 for 2 with a walk and had his nine-game hitting streak snapped before his day was done after six innings.

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