photo credit: Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images
Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed just a single run in seven innings as Tampa Bay defeated the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
Chris Archer earned his eighth win with seven strong innings, and four different Rays players drove in a run as Tampa Bay ended their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rays started in the first inning with David DeJesus doubling to lead off and moving to third base on a single by Ben Zobrist. Evan Longoria struck out, but Matt Joyce lifted a sacrifice fly to bring in DeJesus to open the scoring.
The game remained 1-0 until the fourth inning, when Desmond Jennings and Jose Lobaton each singled to start and Yunel Escobar moved them over with a sacrifice bunt. DeJesus then hit a comebacker off Angels starter Garrett Richards' leg, allowing Jennings to score and everybody to move up a base. Zobrist singled to center, bringing in Lobaton, and Longoria reached on a fielding error, plating DeJesus for a 4-0 lead.
Los Angeles finally got on the board in the seventh, as Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton led off with singles. Mark Trumbo moved the runners up with a groundout, and Kole Calhoun scored trout with a sacrifice fly.
Archer (8-5) allowed just the single run on five hits, walking none and striking out five. Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney each tossed a scoreless inning of relief, with Rodney earning his 31st save.
Tampa Bay can win the series with a victory in Thursday's finale, with Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 6.00 ERA) getting a spot start against Jason Vargas (7-5, 3.77 ERA) First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 12:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.