After ending a disappointing April on a positive note, the Oakland Athletics hope to begin stringing together some wins as they resume a three-game series with the slumping Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.
Oakland ended a season-high six-game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay 4-2 in the series opener Friday.
After hitting just one home run in his first 18 games, Erubiel Durazo accounted for all of Oakland’s runs with a pair of two-run homers. Durazo is starting to heat up, hitting .310 (9-for-29) in his last eight games.
“That’s one of my best (games),” Durazo said. “That’s what I need, more at-bats like that to get locked in. This is a good time to start doing it.”
To sustain any kind of winning streak, the A’s need to give Durazo some help. Eric Chavez is mired in a 2-for-24 slump, Jermaine Dye hasn’t homered in 10 games and Bobby Kielty is three of his last 29.
Tampa Bay has lost five straight and seven of eight. The Devil Rays, who have scored just five runs in their last 37 innings, posted their second-worst April by going 7-14.
“Let’s get out of this month of April,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “Maybe it’s the month of April. Let’s get into May.”