ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brett Phillips hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 4-3 win over Oakland, handing the Athletics their second loss in 16 games.
Joey Wendle’s two-out single in the seventh tacked on another run for the Rays and ended Tampa Bay’s 0-for-26 stretch with runners in scoring position.
Phillips’ first homer of the season came off Frankie Montas, who took the loss. Jeffrey Springs got the win in relief.
Diego Castillo gave up a home run to Sean Murphy in the ninth before earning his fifth save. It was Murphy’s third homer.