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Tampa Bay Rays lose first of homestand against homer-happy Oakland

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The Tampa Bay Rays got to come home Friday night.

Unfortunately, their baserunners didn’t get to.

The Rays dropped the first game of a three-game homestand to the Oakland A’s, 6-3. Oakland hit four home runs in the game, which lowered the Rays’ record to 15-18.

Oakland scored four times before the Rays ever came to bat, most of them scoring on a home run by Danny Valencia,who hit two out. They were his second and third homers of the season.

Also hitting home runs for Oakland were Khris Davis and Marcus Semien.

For the Rays, Jake Odorizzi lasted only four innings and gave up five earned runs. Steven Souza Jr. had two of the Rays’ five hits for the night. Tampa Bay was two-for-12 with runners in scoring position after going 6-for-42 on their recent road trip.

The Rays play the second game of the series tonight at 6:10 when Matt Andriese faces Kendall Graveman.

Tampa Bay had 12 more batters strike out, bringing their season total to 311 after 34 games. The Rays are on pace to set a major league record for strikeouts.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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