OAKLAND — Khris Davis crushed yet another home run, but the Oakland A’s lost for the first time in the second half, falling 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett delivered a career high seven innings, letting in three earned runs while scattering seven hits and striking out three.
“I thought getting that deep in the game, keeping his pitch count down, I thought that was one of his better outings we’ve seen,” manager Bob Melvin said.
As has so often been the case during Gossett’s debut season in Oakland, home runs did in the starter. In the second, Steve Souza put a 109-mph rocket on top of the out-of-town scoreboard in left field. Then in the sixth, Evan Longoria hooked a solo shot just inside the left-field foul. Gossett has now surrendered 10 home runs in seven starts.
In between the pair of long balls for the Rays, Davis connected on home run No. 26 in the fourth inning.
Davis’ homer, which puts him on pace to end the season with 45, was a line drive that just keep carrying until it soared over the jagged edge that juts out of the wall in right-center field.
The solo shot was also the club’s only hit until Yonder Alonso led off the ninth with a double.
“We just couldn’t get a bead on him,” Melvin said of Rays starter Jake Odorizzi who threw seven innings of one-run ball.
“We were having a tough time getting a good swing off him — let alone hitting the ball hard,” Melvin added. “So, you’ve got to give him some credit today. He kept us off balance.”
— Karl Buscheck (@KarlBuscheck) July 18, 2017