May 17: Rays (19-25) 0, Angels (23-19) 6
The Los Angeles Angels did not need much offense to top the Tampa Bay Rays behind C.J. Wilson’s dazzling five-hit shutout – but they got the runs anyways. Wilson struck out seven batters and threw 127 pitches in the win.
The Angels got six runs on three, two-run innings to start the game. That proved to be more than enough for Wilson on the mound.
Howie Kendrick opened the scoring with an RBI single to left in the first. Erick Aybar then contributed a sacrifice fly with one out to push the early lead to 2-0.
In the second, Mike Trout added a sacrifice fly of his own before Albert Pujols’ run-scoring ground-rule double made the Angels’ cushion 4-0. The Angels got to Rays’ starter Cesar Ramos as he didn’t even record a second out in the second frame. Reliever Brandon Gomes came in in relief.
Grant Green did the damage against the Rays in the third with a two-out, two-run home run to center field to close out the game’s scoring at 6-0. It marked his first homer of the year – the second of his young career.
The only real opportunity the Rays had to score in the game came in the top of the seventh when Tampa Bay loaded the bases with just one out. Following a visit from his pitching coach, Wilson was able to induce a double-play ball on his first pitch to James Loney to end the threat.
Having already thrown 113 pitches and with the game well in hand entering the ninth frame, Wilson and his coaching staff elected for him to return to the hill to finish what he started. He retired Will Myers, Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez in 14 pitches 1-2-3 to scure the 6-0 shutout and his fifth win of the season.
Important things to note: Wilson got the Rays to hit into three double plays in the game … The Rays stranded a total of 12 batters in the loss.