Rays Drop Game And Series To Angels
The Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 7-5 on Sunday afternoon to take the rubber game of their three game series. The Rays record falls to 54-57 and the Angels improve to 66-44.
The Rays fall to 8.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East race as the O’s defeated the Seattle Mariners by a final score of 1-0. They remain five games out in the wild card race as the Houston Astros defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1.
Jake Odorizzi (7-9, 4.09 ERA) was charged with the loss lasting just three innings allowing five runs all earned on eight hits striking out one and walking three. He had thrown over 100 pitches in six of his last seven starts but only made 82 pitches with 52 for strikes before departing today.
The outing ended a string of nine straight outings of allowing three runs or less in his last nine outings just two shy of the franchise record held by David Price‘s 11 in 2012 and Jeff Niemann in 2010. The five earned runs were the most earned runs allowed by Odorizzi since allowing seven to the Kansas City Royals in his second start of the season back on April 9th.
Jered Weaver (12-6, ERA) was coming off his worst start of the season allowing six earned runs in just five innings of work against the Baltimore Orioles but was better against the Rays. He worked the first six innings allowing just two runs (both earned) on six hits striking out three and walking four.
Jake Odorizzi struggled through a career high 46 pitch inning as the Angels jumped on the Rays for an early 5-0 lead. For the second time in the three game series Kole Calhoun walked to lead off the game. He came around to score the first run on a RBI double by Mike Trout.
Trout moved to third on a wild pitch as Odorizzi continue to struggle with his command walking Albert Pujols. Josh Hamilton put the Angels up 2-0 with a RBI single to plate Trout and Erick Aybar followed with a single to load the bases and brought an early visit by pitching coach Jim Hickey.
Howie Kendrick followed with a 13-pitch at-bat that resulted in a long fly ball that turned Ben Zobrist around in right field scoring Albert Pujols for the Angles third run. On the play Josh Hamilton stopped at third and Erick Aybar stayed at second but Howie Kendrick didn’t see this and was thrown out trying to retreat to first.
Although Odorizzi may have settle in after his rocky first inning his opportunity to work the fourth inning may have been negated by a 19-minute delay after the 16th Street power sub-station was struck by lightning causing the bank of lights at Tropicana Field to dim during the third inning.
Trailing 5-0 the Rays got on the board against Weaver in the bottom of the fourth by loading the bases on three consecutive singles by James Loney, Yunel Escobar, and Logan Forsythe and then Loney came in to score on a Jose Molina sacrifice fly to center fielder Mike Trout.
The lead was cut to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by James Loney that scored Ben Zobrist who had led off the inning with a single, moved to Matt Joyce walk, and advanced to third on an attempted bunt hit by Evan Longoria. Jered Weaver came off the mound to make the play but the official scorer ruled it a sacrifice bunt marking the first time Longoria has ever been credited with a sacrifice bunt in his career.
After Kirby Yates had worked two scoreless inning the Angles pushed across a run against Jeff Beliveau in the top of the sixth. Efren Navarro led off the inning with a single, stole second, and came in to score on a 2-out RBI single by Mike Trout that brought in Efren Navarro who had singled and stole second.
The Angels increased their lead to 7-2 in the top of the seventh inning. Jeff Beliveau allowed a leadoff double and one out single to put runners at the corner and Cesar Ramos came in to try and get out of the jam but David Freese delivered a sacrifice fly to right to score Hamilton.
Kevin Jepsen came in to relieve Grilli and uncorked a wild pitch to score Longoria and move James Loney into scoring position. Yunel Escobar followed with an infield single that moved Loney to third base.
Kevin Kiermaier swung at the first pitch and grounded out to second base to end the inning. Smith stayed on to work a scoreless eighth and Grant Balfour and Jake McGee kept the score 7-5 into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Huston Street came in to work the ninth inning and worked a scoreless ninth picking up his 34th save on the season and his sixth since the Angles acquired him from the San Diego Padres on July 19th.
The Rays begin a 11-day 10-game three city road trip against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. The pitching matchups are Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA) vs Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 3.19 ERA) on Monday at 10:05, Drew Smyly (6-9, 3.93 ERA) vs Jason Hammel (0-4, 9.53 ERA) on Tuesday at 10:05, and Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 3.29 ERA) vs Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.59 ERA).