Pat Burrell hits a two-run double in the sixth inning. (Steve Nesius/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
James Shields kept the A's scoreless until the seventh inning, but he struggled to throw strikes in the frame and was pulled. Tampa Bay didn't support him with any runs until the sixth inning, when Carlos Pena, who was named to the AL All-Star team, scored the game's first run.
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).