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MLB: Oakland 7, Tampa Bay 5

July 26, 2011 at 2:05 AM   |   Comments

OAKLAND, Calif., July 26 (UPI) -- Conor Jackson delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning Monday and the Oakland Athletics rallied for a 7-5 win over Tampa Bay.

Trailing 5-3 entering the seventh, the A's started a comeback when Hideki Matsui hit a one-out single off J.P. Howell (2-2), Josh Willigham walked and David DeJesus singled in a run to make it 5-4.

Joel Peralta took the mound and Jackson greeted him by drilling a pitch off the left-center field wall, handing the A's the lead.

Cliff Pennington added a two-run homer for Oakland, which took the opener of a four-game series against the Rays.

Brian Fuentes (2-8) collected the win after getting the final two outs of the seventh and Andrew Bailey racked up his 12th save.

Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and Kelly Shoppach added a bases-empty shot for Tampa Bay.

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