Oakland (12-12) at Tampa Bay (7-15)

Clear Currently: St. Petersburg, FL, US
Temp: 75° F
  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sun May 2, 2004
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Erubiel Durazo looks to resume his recent power surge as the Oakland Athletics shoot for a three-game sweep of the struggling Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Durazo hit his second career grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday, helping the A’s to a 6-5 victory. The homer was the third in the last two games for Durazo, who hit a pair of two-run shots in the A’s 4-2 win Friday night.

“Erubiel carries us again,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said. “Gives us a little breathing room and we needed all of it.”

Durazo entered the series with one homer and four RBIs.

“I feel a lot of confidence,” he said.

The A’s have won two straight after a season-high six-game losing skid.

For the second straight day, the Devil Rays rallied in the ninth inning but came up short. Jose Cruz Jr., who snapped an 0-for-37 stretch with a seventh-inning single, smashed a two-run homer in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to stop Tampa Bay’s slide.

The Devil Rays have lost six straight, managing just 10 runs in the last 46 innings.

“When you’re losing games, you find a way to lose them,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.

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