ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Even after their first home loss since April 20, the Tampa Bay Rays were upbeat.
The team still owns the best record in the majors at 19-9, so the players figured they'd celebrate Cinco De Mayo despite losing 4-3 in 12 innings to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
They did so with a three-piece mariachi band playing in the clubhouse. Carlos Pena wouldn't say whether he was the one who hired the musicians.
"That's classified," Pena said.
Jonny Gomes got a huge hit against his former team, a go-ahead homer in the 12th for Oakland, and made a big play on defense. He replaced Seth Smith in left field in the seventh and made a diving catch to rob Pena of an extra-base hit in the 10th.
"I know he plays hard. He goes after every ball hard, so that doesn't surprise me at all," Pena said. "I was amazed at the catch and I think all of us were shocked when he came up with that ball."
Gomes, who spent six seasons with Tampa Bay from 2003-08, hit his fift...