• Fantasy stat: Swisher went 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs.
• Figure this: Five Tampa Bay relievers combined to allow four runs over three innings.
• Save situation: Oakland closer Huston Street picked up his eighth save in nine tries this season. In his career, Street is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities against the Devil Rays.
• Elias Says: Dan Haren's ERA is 1.75 in 2007. It's been 17 years since an Athletics starting pitcher began the season with such a low ERA through his first seven outings: Bob Welch (1.41) and Dave Stewart (1.46) each did that in 1990.
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Athletics 5, Devil Rays 2
Swisher hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to lead the Athletics to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night.
"He likes big moments," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He rises to the occasion a lot."
Shannon Stewart walked and Mark Ellis singled off Gary Glover (0-2) with one out in the ninth. Brian Stokes replaced Glover and struck out Eric Chavez before Swisher hit a 2-2 pitch into the right-field stands.
"I don't do well when I can't play," Swisher said. "I don't know what to do. So I just bother a lot of people. It's nice to get into the lineup."
Swisher was the designated hitter in his first start since getting hurt on April 24. He stepped out of the batter's box a couple times with the announced crowd of 11,546 standing before hitting his fifth homer of the season.
"When the crowd gets going like that, it's hard to keep nerves down," Swisher said. "When you get in those situations, especially me being a hyper guy, my biggest thing is just trying to calm down, get in the box and put a good swing on it."
A lack of offensive support early on cost Haren his fourth straight win. He gave up two runs, four hits and struck out nine over seven innings.
"The guys' been lights out for us all season long," Swisher said. "The only frustrating part about it was we couldn't get him the win."
Haren is 3-2 with a 1.75 ERA this season.
"The Devil Rays, it's not a fun lineup to face," Haren said. "They're really aggressive. I'm happy with the way I pitched."
Chavez snapped an 0-for-14 slide with an RBI single in the seventh that tied the game at 2.
Swisher put Oakland up 1-0 on a sacrifice fly in the first.
Oakland threatened in the fifth by putting runners on first and second with two outs, but didn't score when Chavez struck out.
The Athletics were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in the first eight innings.
Fossum attended Thursday's public memorial in Tupelo, Miss., for St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday.
"I know Josh would want me to keep pitching and not worry about him," Fossum said. "It's tough. I think the turnout [at the memorial] was great and his family appreciated everybody being there."
Oakland placed DH Mike Piazza (sprained right shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of DH-OF Jack Cust from Triple-A Sacramento. Piazza, hurt in Wednesday's game at Boston, is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. ... The Devil Rays have been outscored 28-4 in the first inning this year. ... Athletics RF Travis Buck was back in the lineup after missing Wednesday's game with a sore right wrist. ... Fossum threw a 52 mph curveball for a first-pitch strike against Ellis in the third. Two pitches Ellis lined a 53 mph offering to left for a single. Ellis went 1-for-1 with two walks off Fossum and is 5-for-6 overall against the left-hander.