ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have used strong pitching and timely hitting to reach the top of the standings.
Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, David DeJesus drove in two runs and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the AL East.
"I think you embrace playing good baseball," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "You want to be in this position at the end of the year. It's always nice to be here where we're at, so we wouldn't change anything, but I don't think we'll get too caught up where we're at this given point."