Brett Anderson pitched four innings but left with lower back stiffness. (Steve Nesius/AP)
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
It took the A's until the seventh to score, but they knocked out the Rays' James Shields and put up four runs in the frame. Kurt Suzuki had three hits, scored twice and drove two in, and Brett Anderson tossed four scoreless frames as Oakland heads into the break with a series victory.
BATTING 2B: Kennedy, A (13, Shields), Suzuki, K (23, Shields), Holliday (19, Shields), Cabrera, O (17, Nelson, J). HR: Ellis, M (3, 9th inning off Howell, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Sweeney, R; Ellis, M 4; Suzuki, K 4; Hairston, S; Cust; Holliday 3; Cabrera, O 3; Kennedy, A 3; Powell. RBI: Suzuki, K 2 (37), Cust (44), Ellis, M 2 (18), Cabrera, O (31), Sweeney, R (22). 2-out RBI: Cabrera, O; Sweeney, R. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Davis, R; Hairston, S; Holliday. Team RISP: 6-for-16. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Holliday (10, 2nd base off Howell/Hernandez, M). CS: Sweeney, R (3, 2nd base by Howell/Hernandez, M).