Rays sweep A's

4:03 PM, Apr 21, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Roberto Hernandez tossed six strong innings and earned his first win since 2011, while Yunel Escobar went 3- for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI as the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Oakland Athletics, 8-1, to sweep a three-game set at Tropicana Field.

Ryan Roberts had two hits, one RBI and two runs scored, while Sean Rodriguez, James Loney and Kelly Johnson also drove in one apiece for the Rays, who swept a three-game series versus the A's at home for the first time since 2005.

Hernandez (1-3) allowed just three hits and one run while striking out seven.

Josh Reddick drove in Oakland's lone run and Coco Crisp and Seth Smith provided the team's only other hits for the Athletics, who were coming off their own three-game sweep of Houston prior to the series versus the Rays. Starter Tommy Milone (3-1) gave up six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in the setback.

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