Rays lose quietly to A's, 4-2
The Rays lost a second straight game, and the series, to the A's on Saturday in a quiet 4-2 defeat.
Starter Jeremy Hellickson put the Ray in an early hole, allowing three runs in a 41-pitch, 23-minute first inning, and they really never recovered.
There was concern before the game about a potential protest related to the Republican National COnvention event at the Trop, but nothing materialized during the game.
The Rays got one run - but only one - after loading the bases with no outs in the second, the A's got the run back with a homer in the third by Seth Smith and the Rays closed to 4-2 on Desmond Jennings' homer in the fifth.
Hellickson lasted only five innings, allowing the four runs on six hits.
With the loss, the Rays dropped to 70-57 and saw their lead over Oakland in the wild-card race reduced to one-half game.
The Rays are off on Sunday - due to the Republican National Convention event at the Trop on Sunday night - and then open a seven-game road trip to Texas and Toronto on Monday night in Arlington.
The Rays also lost the homefield advantage in a potential wild-card playoff game site tiebreker with Oakland. With the win, the A's won the season series so if they and the Rays were to end up tied for the two wild-card spots, the A's would get to host the game.