"We've had some really bad stretches and this is probably the worst game, at least from the start, we've had this year", Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. "Every single at-bat, pitch, there's so much riding on it".
The 27-year-old center fielder, who has spent his entire five-year big-league career in Tampa Bay, has already appeared in 62 regular-season games for the Rays thus far into 2017. Last season, he hit.260 with eight homers in 82 games for the Cardinals.
Chih-Wei Hu (0-1) replaced Andriese and gave up one run - Phegley's shot in the second - over four innings.
"Everything was up (in the zone)", Triggs said. 1973 AL All-Star Bill "Spaceman" Lee threw the ceremonial first pitch while in full uniform, and an on-field banner parade took place between games. "So across the board, just embarrassing". During his last outing, Ramirez allowed four runs on seven hits - one homer - while he walked one and struck out five before departing with two outs in the fifth inning. In addition to his two RBI, Smith also singled, scored three times and stole three bases.
Tampa Bay Rays Star Kevin Kiermaier Out Two Months With Hip Injury
"It's just a funky, awkward slide, and I'm paying for it now", Kiermaier, who is using crutches, said before Friday night's game against Oakland.
Kiermaier, hurt sliding into first base Thursday, is expected to miss at least two months with a broken right hip.
Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (strained right shoulder) will start playing catch in the next few days.
Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham each drove in two runs for the Rays. Athletics LF Jaycob Brugman was called up from Nashville and made his Major League Baseball debut Friday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Athletics OF Mark Canha was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Friday. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs.
The Rays and Oakland play Saturday in the major's first scheduled doubleheader since July 16, 2011, when the Athletics hosted the Los Angeles Angels. They then loaded the bases in the fourth with no outs, but Ramirez escaped that jam by first turning a comebacker by former Ray Matt Joyce into a 1-2-3 double play then getting Chad Pinder to fly out to center. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season.