May 23, 2015 12:33 AM by Ross Field
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer off Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Rays powered past the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Friday night.
Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham added solo home runs for the Rays, who won for the fourth time in five games and remained in first place in the AL East.
Rays starter Chris Archer (5-4) and five relievers gave up nine hits, and Tampa held an opponent to two runs or less for the 22nd time in 43 games. Archer gave up six hits, struck out eight and walked four in 5 1/3 innings for Tampa Bay. Archer has allowed one run or less in six of his 10 starts.
Brad Boxberger got the final out for his 13th save.
Kazmir (2-3) gave up two earned runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings for the A's, who lost their fourth straight and 14th of 16.
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