09/14 23:37 CDT D'Arnaud's 3-run double sends streaking Rays past Angels 3-1
D'Arnaud's 3-run double sends streaking Rays past Angels 3-1
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) --- Travis d'Arnaud broke open a scoreless game with a
three-run double in the sixth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays improved their
standing in the AL wild card race with their 13th win in 16 games, 3-1 over the
Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
D'Arnaud's drive went over the head of left fielder Michael Hermosillo to clear
the bases for the Rays, who struggled for five innings against Angels starter
Jaime Barria (4-9) before breaking through.
Although the Rays managed just five hits, their second straight victory coupled
with Cleveland's two losses in a doubleheader at Minnesota left Tampa Bay
(89-61) 2 games clear of the Indians (86-63) for the second wild card spot.
Mike Trout missed his sixth straight game with a foot injury for the Angels
(67-82), who have lost six straight and 10 of 12. They have clinched four
straight losing seasons for the first time since 1993-96, also the last four
years the franchise was known as the California Angels.
Trevor Richards (6-12) pitched two innings of two-hit ball in relief of starter
Tyler Glasnow. Emilio Pagn pitched the ninth for his 20th save after former
Angels reliever Oliver Drake struck out the side in the eighth.
Barria pitched three-hit ball into the sixth, but left after Joey Wendle's
single and Austin Meadows' walk. The Angels made three pitching changes in the
sixth in an attempt to keep it scoreless, but Hermosillo couldn't find the
proper line when d'Arnaud absolutely smoked his drive off Taylor Cole.
Los Angeles got a run in the seventh when Nick Anderson hit Hermosillo and then
threw two wild pitches to advance him.
Glasnow gave up two hits over three innings in his second start back from a
four-month injury absence for Tampa Bay. The hard-throwing right-hander from
the Los Angeles area was on a pitch count in his return from a right forearm
strain, but he showed off his 99-mph fastball while striking out five.
Ji-Man Choi franchise-record streak of reaching base in 10 straight plate
appearances ended when the Tampa Bay slugger was called out on strikes after an
eight-pitch at-bat in the second inning. His streak matched the longest in the
majors since Trout reached in 11 straight in 2017.
Angels: Trout hasn't played a full game since Sept. 5 while dealing with pain
from an irritated nerve in his foot. He plans to play Sunday in the series
finale, and he doesn't want to be shut down for the season. Trout began
Saturday atop the AL homers race with 45.
Ryan Yarbrough (11-3, 3.51 ERA) looks to stay unbeaten since June 18 when he
takes the mound for the Rays in the series finale. He faces Angels rookie
Patrick Sandoval (0-3, 5.28 ERA), who makes his eighth career start.
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