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Gomes helps A's top Rays in 12 innings

11:47 PM, May 5, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Jonny Gomes led off the 12th inning with a homer, giving Oakland a 4-3 win over the Rays, handing Tampa Bay just its second loss at Tropicana Field this season.

Gomes, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2001 and played for them through the 2008 season, banged a 1-2 split fastball from Joel Peralta (0-1) barely over the wall in left field.

Brian Fuentes (2-0) allowed one hit over two innings and Grant Balfour secured his seventh save of the year when Matt Joyce grounded into a game-ending double play.

Josh Reddick also homered and knocked in two for the Athletics, who have won three of their last four games.

Carlos Pena, Ben Zobrist and Elliot Johnson went deep for the Rays, who had their six-game winning streak snapped. They fell to 13-2 at home and lost in the 1,000th game of manager Joe Maddon's tenure with the Rays.

 

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