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Rays offense struggles in 2-1 loss to A's

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 1, 2013 at 12:43 am •  Published: September 1, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alex Cobb did his best to keep Tampa Bay close.

The Rays' offense couldn't provide enough support.

Cobb threw eight strong innings, James Loney had two hits and Desmond Jennings drove in a run in the ninth and the Rays lost to the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Saturday night.

Coco Crisp had three hits, including a home run, and drove in both runs against Cobb (8-3), who lost for the first time since April 30.

"Obviously the home run to Coco was a tough one," Cobb said. "I felt like I executed the pitch but he's a good hitter and understands how pitchers are trying to pitch him. He's owned me my whole career. I need to find a new way to pitch him, make up a pitch."

The Rays managed to score 89 runs in the month, the first time they have failed to score at least 100 runs in a month since July 2009.

"Offensively we have to stir it up," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've pitched well and caught it but we haven't hit well. The offense has to pick it up. We've got a lot of it in place; we just need to get it going."

Evan Longoria, who singled and struck out twice, said it's been a frustrating experience.

"There's no doubt I'm frustrated," he said. "It seems I can't put it all together over a long period. I keep doing the same things but it's eluded me."

Cobb (8-3) allowed two runs and five hits. He walked four and struck out seven in his longest outing since returning from the disabled list.

"Cobb was fantastic," Maddon said. "We've lost one-run games the last two nights. That happens. We have good offensive players. You just stay with the boys and keep encouraging them."

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