Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Jed Lowrie's go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set between postseason hopefuls.
After the Rays tied the game in the top of the eighth with a pair of runs, the A's answered in the home half.
Coco Crisp singled against Tampa Bay starter David Price (8-6) to begin the frame before Joel Peralta replaced Price on the mound. Josh Donaldson grounded out to advance Crisp to second before Lowrie tugged a double down the right- field line to bring home Crisp to make it 4-3.
Grant Balfour fired a scoreless ninth to notch his 34th save of the season for Oakland, which has won four of its last five games to get within two games of the Texas Rangers for AL West lead.
Kurt Suzuki smacked a three-run homer, his first long ball since returning to Oakland after being sent back to the A's from the Washington Nationals on Aug. 23.