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Another pitching gem wasted as Rays lose to A’s

— The Rays allowed only one hit Wednesday night … and lost.

“It really was one of the more unusual games to lose,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays had the bases loaded in the eighth inning and couldn’t score.

They had the tying run on first base in the ninth with one out and couldn’t score.

The A’s took advantage of a couple of second-inning errors and a hanging curveball in the fourth inning and came away with a 3-2 victory in front of 10,555 at Tropicana Field.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Rays and their 11th in the past 15 games. Moreover, the Rays have lost nine of their past 10 at the Trop.

Meanwhile, the A’s are rolling with wins in 11 of their past 12 games.

“We’re struggling pretty bad,” Wil Myers said. “We had a meeting (before the game) and talked some things over. It’s something. Obviously, it’s a tough situation to be in. We went through this last year around August, September. We can battle back. It’s still early. We’ve played a good month and a half. It’s still early, and we still have plenty of time left.”

It was the first time the Rays lost while allowing one hit. It also was the first time the A’s won while recording one hit in 100 years, which is as long as those records have been kept.

“I think it’s frustrating for everybody,” Rays starting pitcher Erik Bedard said.

It was the 11th time since those records were first kept in 1914 that a team allowed three or more runs on one hit and lost. The last time it happened was July 20, 2013, when the Astros lost to the Mariners. Bedard was the tough-luck pitcher that game, too.

Bedard allowed one hit and one earned run in his 51⁄3 innings Wednesday.

The hit was a home run to right field in the fourth by Brandon Moss off an 0-2 change-up.

“I hung a pitch and he hit it over,” Bedard said.

The A’s got their first two runs on a pair of second-inning errors.

Yunel Escobar made the first when his throw after fielding a grounder by Yoenis Cespedes sailed on him. Bedard walked the next two batters before striking out Alberto Callaspo.

Bedard then got Josh Reddick to hit a ground ball to second baseman Sean Rodriguez for what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. But Rodriguez rushed his throw to Escobar and the ball sailed into left field as two runs scored.

“We made mistakes on defense that have hurt us and really stand out because we’re not hitting,” Maddon said.

Maddon even juggled his lineup, batting Myers leadoff and moving Evan Longoria to second and Brandon Guyer to cleanup.

Didn’t work.

Myers had a pair of hits and he and Longoria scored the Rays’ only runs during a sixth-inning rally.

Myers’ run snapped a 16-inning scoreless streak. It also was just the second inning in the past 37 in which the Rays scored a run.

The failure to get a big hit plagued the Rays again in the second when they had runners at second and third with one out and again in the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out.

“That whole last (homestand), we lost that game,” Maddon said.

The Rays were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.

A single by Escobar and a double by Desmond Jennings put both runners in scoring position with one out in the second. But Logan Forsythe lined out to third base and Ryan Hanigan popped up to second base.

The Rays’ next chance came in the eighth when James Loney singled and was lifted for pinch-runner Kevin Kiermaier. Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce singled and Kiermaier raced around third, where he was held up by third base coach Tom Foley.

Maddon sent David DeJesus to hit for Rodriguez. A’s manager Bob Melvin called for lefty Fernando Abad. Maddon had little choice but to let the left-handed hitting DeJesus face Abad since the only right-handed hitter on the bench was backup catcher Jose Molina.

DeJesus, facing a lefty for only the third time this season, drew a walk to load the bases.

But Escobar ended the rally when he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

NOTEWORTHY: Kiermaier was optioned to Triple-A Durham after the game to make room for right-hander Alex Cobb.

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