ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Mike Piazza (pee-AHT'-zah) hit his
424th homer, had four hits and drove in a season-high five runs in
powering the Oakland Athletics past Tampa Bay 12-2.
Piazza hit a two-run shot for his fifth homer of the year. It
extended the A's lead to 10-1 in the sixth. The designated hitter
put Oakland ahead 1-0 on a run-scoring double in the first, had a
fourth-inning RBI single and a run-scoring double in the eighth.
Jack Cust added a two-run homer for the A's.
Chad Gaudin allowed one run over seven innings to improve to
10-and-9 with the win. Oakland has won five straight and has moved
over .500 for the first time since July seventh.
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