ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sean Murphy homered, Sean Manaea got some key defensive help and the Oakland Athletics rebounded a day after their 13-game winning streak ended, edging the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Monday night.
After Matt Chapman drew a two-out walk from Rich Hill (1-1) in the fourth inning, Murphy made it 2-1 with a drive to left field.
Murphy said he wasn't sure the drive measured at 367 feet would reach the seats,.
"I hit well it but hit it pretty high," Murphy said. "Obviously close. Glad it did."
Manaea (3-1) threw 100 pitches over five innings, giving up one run and four hits.
With two on and two out in the third, right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a diving grab on a flare by Manuel Margot. Kemp, the left fielder, made a sliding catch on the center field warning track to take away a potential RBI hit by Willy Adames in the fourth.
"That's how you win games like that, close games where you get good pitching at both ends," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
Murphy, the catcher, a also made a nifty play fielding Margot's bunt in the sixth and throwing him out at first.
The Athletics have allowed two runs or fewer in eight of the last 10 games, allowing 21 earned runs in 86 innings during the stretch.
Yusmeiro Petit went two perfect innings, Jake Diekman worked out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth and Lou Trivino closed for his third save.
Oakland, which lost 8-1 at Baltimore on Sunday, is 15-2 over the last 17 games after starting the year 0-6.
"They've been playing like the best team in baseball, certainly the hottest," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I know they got off to a rough start. Kind of head scratching because you know they are such a talented group, talented group of pitching, talented group of position players. But I'd say they made up for it and then some with this most recent streak."
Hill struck out 10 in six innings, allowing only two hits.
The Rays are 5-1 against the Yankees this, compared to 6-11 against all other opponents. Tampa Bay has lost six of its last seven home games
Austin Meadows put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-inning sacrifice fly after Randy Arozarena stole third with one out.