A's Braden beats Rays in first start since July 1

BY foxsports • July 12, 2009

Rajai Davis and Adam Kennedy gave a tired Dallas Braden some offensive support.

Davis and Kennedy each hit two-run homers in the seventh inning, and Braden gave up two runs over six innings to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Saturday night.

Braden (7-7), reinstated from the bereavement list before the game to pitch for the first time since July 1, allowed five hits, two walks and struck out six. The left-hander, who had spent most of the past week with his ailing grandmother, is just 3-2 despite allowing two earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts.

"He looked a little fatigued at the beginning," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He had a long week and he came out and the game was his."