Posted April 20, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Matt Joyce hit a solo homer to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Saturday night. Hellickson (1-1) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six to win for the first time in four starts this season. Joyce homered off Jarrod Parker (0-3) leading off the second inning. Joel Peralta pitched the eighth for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight over the AL West-leading A's after dropping seven of nine of a road trip that ended Thursday night. Fernando Rodney worked the ninth, finishing the three-hit shutout and earning his second save in three opportunities. Oakland, which began the night leading the majors with 99 runs, was shut out for the second time this year. Coco Crisp went 0 for 4, ending a 12-game hitting streak - which tied his longest since 2008 - although he reached base with one out in the ninth when second baseman Ryan Roberts dropped his pop fly for an error. The A's didn't have a...
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