Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Matt Joyce hit a solo homer to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Saturday night.
Hellickson (1-1) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six to win for the first time in four starts this season. Joyce homered off Jarrod Parker (0-3) leading off the second inning.
Joel Peralta pitched the eighth for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight over the AL West-leading A's after dropping seven of nine of a road trip that ended Thursday night.
Fernando Rodney worked the ninth, finishing the three-hit shutout and earning his second save in three opportunities.
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