Shields goes distance in Rays’ 8-0 win

James Shields pitched a three-hitter, B.J. Upton drove in two

runs and the Tampa Bay Rays broke out of their prolonged offensive

slump to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 on Tuesday night.

Sam Fuld had three hits, Upton added two and six different

players drove in runs for the Rays. Tampa Bay went into the game

last in the majors in hitting and had scored only nine runs in its

previous four games before knocking A’s starter Tommy Milone around

for two runs in the second and three in the fifth.

That was all Shields (9-7) needed to secure his seventh career


He gave up a one-out single to Chris Carter in the second, a

leadoff single to Jemile Weeks in the fourth and a two-out single

to George Kottaras in the eighth.