The Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays split the first two games of a three-game set at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. On Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field with the game tied at two in the eighth-inning, Ramon Laureano hit a grand slam off of Colin Poche and it lifted Oakland to a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay.
He also had an infield RBI single in the fourth-inning for the Athletics. Matt Olson hit a solo home run for Oakland in the sixth-inning off of Yonny Chirinos.
The Rays scored two runs in the seventh-inning to tie the game at two on an RBI double by Yandy Diaz and a Avisail Garcia RBI infield single.
The starting pitchers in this game both pitched well and received no decisions.
Brett Anderson pitched 6.2 strong innings for Oakland. He gave up seven hits and two runs. Anderson walked one batter and struck out four.
Yonny Chirinos pitched seven innings for Tampa Bay. He gave up seven hits and two runs. He walked only one batter and struck out seven.
Adam Kolarek (2-2) was the losing pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. He did not record an out and Kolarek gave up one hit and one run.
Liam Hendriks (3-0, BS1) was the winning pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. He pitched 0.2 innings and gave up two hits. Hendricks walked one batter and struck out two batters.
The Oakland Athletics will head home to the face the Seattle Mariners for a three-game set that will begin on Friday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Los Angeles Angels for a four-game starting on Thursday night/
Oakland and Tampa Bay will play each other again for a four-game set starting next Thursday night in Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum.