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Streaking Athletics thump slumping Devil Rays

Aug 24, 2007 - 3:22 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- A meeting with Jason Hammel appeared to be a mismatch for the Oakland Athletics. The team with the second-best record in the major leagues this month proved it to be just that.

Mike Piazza collected four hits - including a home run - and five RBI and Chad Gaudin recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts as the Athletics pounded the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 12-2, on Thursday.

The victory was the 15th in 22 games this month for Oakland (65-64), which moved a game over .500 for the first time since it was 44-43 on July 7.

Piazza keying Oakland's 16-hit attack with a single, two doubles and his fifth home run of the season. Nick Swisher went 3-for-6 for the Athletics, who had all nine starters in the batting order collect at least one hit.

"It wasn't meant to be," said Piazza, who came a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. "I was just glad to come in tonight and swing the bat well. It's like a wave, you try to catch it until it crashes - and then you try to catch another one."

Gaudin (10-9), who was 1-6 in his previous eight starts, allowed only one run and five hits in seven innings.

"I was keeping them off balance," Gaudin said. "The slider was a good pitch tonight. It's a big asset to my game. It feels good to have a win and it's good for the team. I just try to go out there and do my job. It's a lot easier when it's 12-1."

Hammel (1-4) remained winless in his 16 major league starts, the longest losing streak for a starter to begin a career since Oakland's Mike Mohler went without a victory in all 20 career starts from 1993-97.

A 24-year-old righthander, Hammel lasted only three innings, allowing six runs, five hits and five walks while striking out two.

"I've got to throw strikes," Hammel said. "Five walks was the story tonight. I've got to do what comes naturally, just pitch. They're patient hitters and when you're not throwing strikes, they're going to hurt you."

The Athletics broke open the game with a five-run second. In the inning, Shannon Stewart had a two-run double, Swisher an RBI double and Jack Cust a two-run homer - his 22nd of the season.

Piazza opened the scoring in the first with a run-scoring double and did the rest of his damage later, delivering a run-scoring single in the fourth, belting a two-run shot in the sixth and plating Oakland's final run in the eighth with a two-base hit.

"The offense came alive, Mike Piazza had a big day," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "We've been swinging the bat well the last couple of weeks. Jack Cust has meant a lot to the team. Chad was great tonight. He has been working on his game and had good control of his slider."

Akinori Iwamura had an RBI single in the third and Jonny Gomes added a run-scoring base hit in the eighth for the Devil Rays, who started the season 29-33 but are 19-46 in their last 65 games.

"The last seven days we have not hit well," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We've seen some good pitching. We need to just grind it out. I think we're playing better on defense. We're pitching well and all of sudden we're not hitting well."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 5 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 12 16 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - CHAD GAUDIN, KIKO CALERO (8TH), SANTIAGO CASILLA (9TH), RUDDY
    LUGO (9TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    TAM - JASON HAMMEL, BRIAN STOKES (4TH), JON SWITZER
    (7TH), JUAN SALA

    Aug 23 10:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JONNY GOMES SCORED JOSH WILSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GOMES ON FIRST, J GUZMAN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 12
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.305, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 9:44 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE PIAZZA SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M PIAZZA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 12
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.261, 2-FOR-4)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 9:30 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JACK CUST SCORED JEFF DAVANON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N SWISHER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 11
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M PIAZZA (.275, 3-FOR-4, HR, 4 RBI)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 9:29 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE PIAZZA (5) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF BRIAN STOKES SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 10, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.262, 2-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 9:03 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY KURT SUZUKI SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J FURMANIAK (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 8:42 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE PIAZZA SCORED JEFF DAVANON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 7
    TAMPA BAY 1 END TOP, 4TH

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 8:30 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AKINORI IWAMURA SCORED GREG NORTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A IWAMURA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.309, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 8:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JACK CUST (22) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JASON HAMMEL SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6, TAMPA BAY 0
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M PIAZZA (.269, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 7:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK SWISHER SCORED SHANNON STEWART.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N SWISHER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TAMPA BAY 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.273, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 7:43 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SHANNON STEWART SCORED JACK HANNAHAN AND KURT
    SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S STEWART ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J DAVANON (.286, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 7:40 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 1 1 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - CHAD GAUDIN
    TAM - JASON HAMMEL

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.282, 4 HR, 19 RBI)
    C CRAWFORD (.310, 10 HR, 64 RBI)
    B UPTON (.307, 18 HR, 57 RBI

    Athletics vs. RaysAug 23 7:23 PM