ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kendall Graveman’s latest start was an upgrade over his previous three outings. It still wasn’t good enough to get a win.
Graveman didn’t get much help in Oakland’s 6-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night, the A’s sixth loss in seven games.
Matt Andriese pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout — and complete game — and Brad Miller hit a two-run home run for the Rays.
“I threw a really good changeup tonight, kept some guys off balance,” said Graveman, who gave up four runs on six hits and three walks in 5⁄ innings. “Hats off to the guy on the other side. He did a good job keeping us off balance also.”
Andriese won for the second time this week in helping the Rays end a four-game losing streak. He beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Sunday in his first start since being called up from Triple-A Durham. The right-hander struck out five and walked none, and retired 11 straight between singles by Matt McBride in the third inning and Danny Valencia in the seventh.
“It’s always nice to get a complete game shutout, but that wasn’t in my thought process at all,” said Andriese, who also had never pitched a complete game in the minors. “I wanted to give us a chance to win. Then when I went to the seventh inning and it was a close game, they kept going with me.”
The A’s got only one man in scoring position all night.
“When you don’t get anything but two hits on the other side,” said manager Bob Melvin, indicating Graveman didn’t have much of a chance. “They got some hits when they needed to, balls snuck through on the ground. I thought he was better than his last several times out, for sure.”