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Shields, Gomes, Zobrist power Rays



Shields ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields allowed three runs pitching into the ninth inning, and Jonny Gomes and Ben Zobrist hit back-to-back homers to lead the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays past the Oakland Athletics, 4-3 on Wednesday.

Shields (9-6) gave up six hits and struck out seven in improving to 5-1 in his last six starts. Shields' bid for his fourth complete game of the season ended when Jack Cust doubled with one out in the ninth.

Troy Percival replaced Shields and got the final two outs for his 20th save in 22 chances. It's the 10th time in his career the right-hander has recorded at least 20 saves.

(Pictured: James Shields. Times photo -- James Borchuck. Click to enlarge.)

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[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:37am]


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