ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Sean Murphy homered, Sean Manaea got some critical defensive help, and the Oakland Athletics bounced back a day after their 13-gameended, edging the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Monday night. After Matt Chapman drew a two-out walk from Rich Hill (1-1) in the fourth inning, Murphy made it 2-1 to drive to left field.
Manaea (3-1) threw 100 pitches over five innings, giving up one run and four hits.
Yusmeiro Petit went two perfect innings, Jake Diekman worked out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth, and Lou Trivino closed for his third save.
Oakland lost 8-1 at Baltimore on Sunday and is 15-2 over the0-6.
Hill struck out 10 in six innings, allowing only two hits.
Austin Meadows put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-inning sacrifice fly after Randy Arozarena stole third with one out.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the seventh after aon a sliding Elvis Andrus at the plate. He was thrown out by shortstop Willy Adames after Tony Kemp’s popup to the edge of the outfield dropped between three defenders.
The Athletics’ defense sparkled. on a flare by Manuel Margot. Kemp, the left fielder, made a sliding catch on the center-field warning track to take away a potential by Adames in the fourth.
Yandy Díaz, who had a leadoff homer against Manaea five pitches into the 2019 AL wild-card game,one-hopper that struck the left-hander’s right lower leg in the first.
The announced crowd of 2,981 was around 7,000 below the COVID-19.
Melvin said Tropicana Field is a unique place to play with its overhanging catwalks and roof.
“At times, it feels like you’re playing in a pinball machine with all the rings and the ground rules, and you try not to get too caught up in that,” Melvin said. “Depending on whether the sun’s out, the roof color changes. There’s just a lot of stuff that goes on here, maybe not in other parks.”
TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
Kemp dove over the low wall down the left-field line and missed making a full-extension catch on Brandon Lowe’s foul fly in the second. … Mark Canha tied Sal Bando’s Oaklandby a pitch from Hill in the third.
Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (lumbar strain) was reinstated from the 10-day IL and will work out the bullpen.
Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi (right knee) will join Triple-A Durhamto get 30 at-bats.
Athletics RHP Frankie Montas (2-1) and Rays RHP Michael Wacha (1-1) are Tuesday night’s starters.