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Rays get sweep with 8-1 win over A's



Righthander Roberto Hernandez earned his first win as a Ray - and first in 579 days - as Tampa Bay beat the A's 8-1 Sunday.


The victory was the third straight for the Rays (8-10), who clinched their first sweep of the season as they prepare to host the Yankees Monday-Wednesday.

Hernandez (1-3) wasn't perfect, but had his best start of the season. He issued three walks and hit a batter, but he minimized the damage in allowing just one run over six innings, while striking out seven. It was his first win since Sept. 20, 2011, when Hernandez was still known as Fausto Carmona.

The Rays offense was sparked by shortstop Yunel Escobar, who came a triple away from the cycle with three hits and two RBI. It was a very encouraging sign considering Escobar had seven hits in his first 17 games.

It was the second straight strong pitching performance for the Rays, holding Oakland - which entered the series with one of the league's top offenses - to just one run in the final two games.



[Last modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 12:13am]


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