The Tampa Bay Rays ended their 3-game losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Angles by a final score of 4-1. The remain 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East as they beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3.
Chris Archer worked 7 strong innings allowing 1R/ER on 5 hits striking out 5 and walking 0 in picking up the win to improve to 8-5 and lower his ERA to 2.81.
Joel Peralta worked his league leading 65th game of the year and a night after striking out the side retired all 3 hitters he faced.
A night after giving up the lead in the 9th inning Fernando Rodney was given a chance at redemption and worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning including 2 strikeouts in picking up his 31st save on the season.
Garrett Richards started for the Angles and lasted on 3.1 innings and allowed 4R/ER on 7 hits striking out 2 and walking 3. He had trouble with his control all night throwing only 57% of his pitches for strikes (48 of 86 pitches). He took the loss to drop to 4-6 with a 4.16 ERA.
Matt Joyce continued his hot hitting by driving in the first Rays run on a sacrifice fly scoring David Dejesus in the bottom of the first inning. The Rays tacked on 3 more runs in the bottom of the 4th.
The move paid off as David Dejesus sent a line drive off the leg of Garret Richards and ricocheted over to Chris Nelson who was unable to make a play on Dejesus. Desmond Jennings scored the Rays 2nd run and Jose Lobaton moved to 3rd base.
Ben Zobrist followed with a single to score Jose Lobaton as David Dejesus raced to 3rd base. Evan Longoria sent a slow roller to Erick Aybar who was unable to field it cleanly as Dejesus came in to score the Rays 4th run.
The Rays and Angels will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 6.00 ERA) will make the start for the Rays. He will be opposed by left hander Jason Vargas (7-5, 3.77 ERA).