" Welcome back: Oakland's Jack Cust hit his first home run in the majors since 2003.
" Figure this: Joe Blanton gave up 11 hits and walked two batters (while striking out six Devil Rays) in 7 1/3 innings of work. Oh, and he got the win to improve to 3-1 on the season.
" Quotable: "He's an incredible talent." -- A's manager Bob Geren on Swisher
-- ESPN.com news services
A's 3, Devil Rays 1
Swisher chased Edwin Jackson with a one-out homer in the
seventh, giving Oakland a 4-3 lead. Swisher had two homers and six
RBIs as the A's won two of three in the series against the Devil
Rays. It was Swisher's first three starts since straining a left
hamstring on April 24.
"It really just shows you how good of a player he is, to sit
out that long and come back hot," Oakland manager Bob Geren said.
"He's an incredible talent."
Swisher, who hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in Friday's 5-2
victory, hit a 1-2 pitch from Jackson an estimated 445 feet to
"I knew he was sitting on a slider, but I wouldn't change that
pitch," Jackson said. "I just didn't execute what I wanted to do.
It was right there in his power zone."
Swisher has seven hits in his last 15 at-bats. Jackson retired
11 straight before Swisher's homer.
"He battled Swisher, but he came up big for them," Tampa Bay
manager Joe Maddon said.
Blanton (3-1) allowed 11 hits, walked two and struck out six.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
"It was a real gutsy performance by Joe and real necessary for
him to what he did," Geren said.
Jack Cust's first homer since Sept. 22, 2003, extended the lead
to 5-3 in the eighth. He is the 15th player to homer in his Oakland
"A home run is always nice, but in that situation, it gave us a
little more of a cushion," Cust said.
Jackson (0-5) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four.
Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton, who started play as the AL batting
leader, tied it at 1 with a homer in the second. It was his sixth
of the season and came in his 94th at-bat. He entered 2007 with
five career homers in 334 at-bats.
Upton went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and had his batting
average drop five points to .371.
The Devil Rays tied it at 3 with a two-run fourth. Brendan
Harris, who had the game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of
Tampa Bay's 3-2 win Saturday, had a run-scoring single. The other
run scored on Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby's two-out throwing
error to first on Josh Paul's grounder.
The Devil Rays optioned RHP Ruddy Lugo to Triple-A Durham
after the game. ... Oakland OFs Shannon Stewart (ankle) and Travis
Buck (wrist), both battling nagging minor injuries, were out of the
starting lineup. Stewart was a defensive replacement in the eighth.
... Upton matched a career-high nine-game hitting streak. ...
Athletics OF Milton Bradley (wrist and hamstring) saw a hand
specialist, who recommended a couple more days of rest before
resuming full-scale batting practice. ... Jackson has given up just
two homers in 28 1-3 innings this season.