The game stood scoreless moving into the bottom of the fifth when Logan Forsythe doubled to start the inning. When A's starter Kendall Graveman followed by hitting David DeJesus with a pitch, the Rays appeared to be in business.
The next hitter, Asdrubal Cabrera, thought about bunting, but he fouled his first attempt for the first strike of the count. He then struck out swinging.
"Their guy just made some good pitches," Cash said. "We had first and second, no outs. And, you know, a lot of times we've come through in those situations. Unfortunately we didn't tonight."
If the game had a momentum swing, it came when the A's took their next turn at bat.
Rays starter Nate Karns found trouble when Josh Reddick singled to lead off the sixth. He advanced to second on a groundout to third before moving to third on a passed ball by Rivera, the Rays catcher.
Karns walked Max Muncy to put runners at the corners. He recovered to strike out Josh Phegley, but Phegley proved to be the final hitter he faced.
Cash elected to go with Xavier Cedeno to try and get out of the jam.
Cedeno entered the game riding a streak of 12 scoreless appearances. But Eric Sogard hit an outside fastball back through the middle to drive home the A's first run. Cedeno almost nabbed the ball that shot through his legs.
"I didn't get [the pitch] all the way out there," Cedeno said.
Mark Canha then drew a walk to bring Sam Fuld to the plate with the bases loaded, and the former Ray connected on a slider to right-center field to drive home Muncy and Sogard.
"I fell behind, and then I had to go right after him, and he took care of me," Cedeno said.
Plenty of action took place at that juncture.
Kevin Kiermaier bobbled the ball in center field to account for the first error on the play. Once he had the ball, though, he threw a strike on the fly to the plate that Rivera dropped. The second error on the same play allowed Canha to score the A's fourth run, capping their big inning and effectively putting the game on ice.
"Everything felt good, I just didn't make the pitches," Cedeno said. "And the guys got pretty good wood on it and took advantage of it. ... It's just baseball. It happens sometimes."