ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) C.J. Cron homered and scored two runs towards his former teammates, and Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning of the Tampa Bay Rays‘ 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night time.
Denard Span hit a two-run homer in the course of the Rays’ 4-run seventh inning, and Johnny Field added a two-run shot within the eighth because the Rays pushed their longest profitable streak of the season to 4 video games.
Mike Trout prolonged the longest hitting drought of his profession to zero for 19 with 4 hitless at-bats for the Angels, who’ve misplaced 5 of eight on their eleven-recreation homestand.
Shohei Ohtani hit his sixth homer within the ninth inning, ending a private zero-for-eight droop and 21 consecutive scoreless innings for the Angels.
Archer (three-three) repeatedly struggled together with his management whereas strolling 4 and hitting Justin Upton with a pitch, but he restricted Los Angeles’ potent lineup to 2 singles whereas incomes his first victory since April 26.
Tyler Skaggs (three-three) took the exhausting-luck loss regardless of limiting Tampa Bay to 6 hits and one run over six innings whereas putting out seven and preserving the sport scoreless till Cron’s solo shot.
Cron continued his spectacular begin to his first season in Tampa Bay, main off the sixth by homering in his third consecutive recreation. He has reached base in a profession-greatest 23 straight video games.
The slugger was the Angels’ first-spherical draft decide in 2011, and he spent the previous 4 seasons in Los Angeles’ lineup. Cron was traded final February after Ohtani’s arrival eradicated a lot of his job as a delegated hitter and first baseman.
Trout struck out twice whereas surpassing an zero-for-17 stretch in August 2017 for the longest drought of the 2-time AL MVP’s profession. Though he has seven walks throughout his stoop, Trout’s struggles are a part of an general offensive lull for the Angels, who’ve scored simply six runs within the final 4 video games.
Ohtani additionally was in a dry patch till he erased Tampa Bay’s shutout bid with an extended homer to middle off Austin Pruitt. The 2-approach rookie has successful in 17 of his 20 begins as a delegated hitter.
Upton left the sport within the sixth inning after Archer’s pitch hit him on the left hand, however preliminary X-rays confirmed no damaged bones. Upton has been the Angels’ greatest hitter in Might with seven homers and a majors-greatest 21 RBIs.
Span related towards reliever Jim Johnson within the seventh for his first homer since April 29. Cron then beat out an infield single, stole his first base of the season when the throw obtained away, and scored on Daniel Robertson’s single.
BIG TIME DEBUT
Christian Arroyo had two singles in his debut for Tampa Bay. The touted 22-yr-previous prospect and Tampa native was the important thing return within the commerce that despatched Evan Longoria to San Francisco final winter.
Andrelton Simmons reached base in his twenty fourth consecutive recreation since April 19, extending the longest streak of his profession. The Gold Glove shortstop’s fourth-inning single additionally gave him successful in 18 of his final 20 video games for the Angels.
Rays: Adeiny Hechavarria left the sport after grabbing his proper hamstring whereas operating to first base with the Rays’ first hit within the second inning. Joey Wendle changed him. Hechavarria can be re-evaluated Friday.
Angels: Reliever Keynan Middleton may have Tommy John surgical procedure, dealing one other massive blow to a perennially damage-plagued pitching employees. Middleton earned six saves and established himself as LA’s nearer in Might, however left his final look after simply 12 pitches final weekend.
Rays: Blake Snell (four-three, three.12 ERA) struggled in Baltimore final Sunday, permitting three homers. He misplaced his solely earlier begin towards the Angels in 2016.
Angels: Nick Tropeano (1-2, three.sixty four ERA) has been largely strong in his first 5 begins this season. He hasn’t confronted the Rays since July four, 2016.
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