Davis mashes MLB-best 42nd HR to beat Rays

Davis mashes MLB-best 42nd HR to beat Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Khris Davis led off the top of the 10th inning with a towering home run to give Oakland a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.

The blast, which landed just out of reach of a leaping Kevin Kiermaier, was Davis’ Major League-leading 42nd home run of the season. It also gave the A’s their 12th extra-inning win of the season, tied for second-most in the Majors.


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ST. PETERSBURG — Khris Davis led off the top of the 10th inning with a towering home run to give Oakland a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.

The blast, which landed just out of reach of a leaping Kevin Kiermaier, was Davis’ Major League-leading 42nd home run of the season. It also gave the A’s their 12th extra-inning win of the season, tied for second-most in the Majors.


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Before Davis’ heroics against Jaime Schultz, Oakland had little success against a menagerie of Rays relievers. Eight different pitchers held the A’s offense to just one run on two hits in regulation.

After being held hitless through the first three innings by Rays opener Diego Castillo and reliever Ryne Stanek, Matt Chapman finally broke through against reliever Ryan Yarbrough in the top of the fourth with a well-placed double down the left-field line. It was his 23rd two-bagger and 38th extra-base hit since the All-Star break, the most in MLB. Yarbrough then intentionally walked Davis to set up a potential force out. Matt Olson thwarted those plans by slapping a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield for Oakland’s first run of the game.

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

Published at Sat, 15 Sep 2018 02:22:51 +0000

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