May 5, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Brandon Inge (7) hits a 3 run home run in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Athletics Vs. Rays: Brandon Inge Powers Oakland To Series Win

The Oakland Athletics were able to win their series in Tampa Bay Sunday. New acquisition Brandon Inge drove in four runs.

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Athletics Vs. Rays, Game 3 Final Score: Oakland Takes Series With 9-5 Win

On Sunday, the Oakland Athletics watched their offense come alive in Tropicana Field. The A's won the rubber match of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays with a dominating 9-5 win.

The Rays piled on four runs in the bottom of the first inning against starter Tom Milone on a sacrifice fly and a pair of RBI singles, but the A's answered back with a five-run top of the third. Yoenis Cespedes and Jonny Gomes hit RBI singles before Brandon Inge blasted a three-run homer to give the A's the lead.

The A's would tack on another three runs in the top of the fifth inning on RBI doubles by Gomes and Daric Barton. The Rays got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame on a B.J. Upton home run, but that was the last run the Rays would score against Oakland.

Oakland's final run came in the top of the seventh inning, when Inge hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Josh Reddick. Inge finished the game 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and four RBI.

Milone allowed all five Tampa Bay runs in five innings of work but picked up the win to improve to 4-2.

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Athletics Vs. Rays, Game 2 Final Score: Oakland Bullpen Shines In 12-Inning 4-3 Victory

The Oakland Athletics played the second game of their road series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. Just one day after being clobbered by the Rays, the A's managed to keep the game close in an extra-innings affair. The Athletics bullpen was exceptional as Oakland managed the eventual 4-3 win in 12 innings.

Josh Reddick hit a two-out solo home run in the first inning. In the third inning, Kila Ka'aihue hit a sacrifice fly to take the A's to a 2-0 lead. The Rays got one of those runs back in the bottom of the third with a leadoff home run by Eliot Johnson.

The A's took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Josh Reddick singled home Daric Barton. Ben Zobrist would hit another homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2 and Carlos Pena hit yet another solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to tie things up.

Oakland starter Bartolo Colon lasted five innings and gave up all three Tampa Bay solo shots. In all, he allowed eight hits and two walks. The Oakland bullpen was able to keep the game scoreless through the end of the ninth inning and send the game to extras.

The A's had an unorthodox rally in the top of the 10th inning. Jonny Gomes walked to lead off, Ka'aihue popped out on a bunt attempts and Kurt Suzuki was hit by a pitch. Barton then walked on four pitches, loading the bases with one out as Tampa Bay pitcher Brandon Gomes was having difficulty finding the strike zone. Brandon Inge struck out singing, however. Jemile Weeks then grounded out to end the rally without bringing a run across.

The Rays would also come up empty on their next rally, stranding a leadoff double in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Jonny Gomes led off the top of the 12th inning with a solo shot to left field to put the A's back on top, 4-3. Grant Balfour came on to pitch the bottom of the 12th and picked up his seventh save of the season. The Oakland bullpen limited the Rays to just three hits and no walks in seven innings of work.

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Athletics Vs. Rays, Game 1 Final Score: Tyson Ross Knocked Out Early In 7-2 Loss

The Oakland Athletics were hoping to stay in the win column after a successful series in Boston. Things didn't work out so well for the A's on Friday, as the opening game of their series against the Tampa Bay Rays resulted in a fairly brutal 7-2 loss.

Oakland had a brief 1-0 lead after Kurt Suzuki doubled home Jonny Gomes in the second inning, but things went south in a hurry.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Rays plated three runs against Oakland starter Tyson Ross on a two-run B.J. Upton double and a Luke Scott RBI single. The Rays further extended their lead with a four-run fourth inning. Jose Molina led off the inning with a two-run homer before another Upton RBI double and an RBI single by Matt Joyce.

The A's would score their second and final run in the top of the ninth, as Cliff Pennington hit a leadoff homer off of Brandon Gomes for just the fourth Oakland hit of the game. The A's attempted a last-gasp rally in the ninth, as Yoenis Cespedes hit a one-out single and Jonny Gomes was then hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Seth Smith walked to load the bases with two outs, but Kila Ka'aihue grounded out to end the game without bringing anyone home.

Ross was charged with all seven Rays runs, coming on nine hits and two walks. On the other side of the coin, Tampa Bay starter David Price was about as good as the Rays could have hoped, keeping the A's to one run on just three hits and a walk, while striking out 12 Oakland batters in eight innings pitched for his fifth win of the young season.

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Athletics Vs. Rays Series Preview: Oakland Tries To Keep Winning On Their Road Trip

The Oakland Athletics have just won two of three in Boston. They'll look to stretch their win streak to three on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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