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Athletics Vs. Rays: Rays Beat A's, 7-2 In Series Opener

David Price pitched eight innings and Jose Molina broke the game open with a two-run, fourth-inning home run as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Oakland Athletics, 7-2 Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Price struck out 12 batters over his eight innings of work and allowed just one earned run on one hit and one walk as the Rays scored three runs in the third inning and four in the fourth inning to blow the game wide open.

With Oakland ahead, 1-0 in the third inning, B.J. Upton drove in Sean Rodriguez with a double to tie the game, and he and Matt Joyce came around to score on Luke Scott's two-run single.

In the fourth, Jose Molina blasted a two-run homer to make the score 5-1 before Upton drove in Desmond Jennings with an RBI double and came around to score on Joyce's RBI single.

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