Athletics Vs. Rays Game Recap: Jonny Gomes' Eighth-Inning Homer the Difference in 5-4 Win

Oakland Athletics' designated hitter Jonny Gomes hit a two-run blast that traveled 412 feet off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta in the top of the eighth inning. It gave the A's enough offense to bounce back from Thursday's loss in the series opener, 5-4.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and got the A's on the board in the top of the fourth inning when his single off Rays starter Matt Moore scored left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Right fielder Brandon Moss then reached on a run-scoring infield single to give Oakland the lead, 2-1.

The Rays would come back on B.J. Upton double to left that scored Jose Molina and gave the Rays a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

But after catcher Derek Norris hit an RBI double in the 7th, it was Gomes' homer that would seal the deal for the A's and put them up for good. Reliever Ryan Cook (6-2) struck out four and picked up the win for Oakland.

For more on the A's, visit Athletics Nation.

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