May 16: Rays (19-24) 3, Angels (22-19) 0
Three Tampa Bay players contributed run-scoring hits and five pitchers combined to shut out the Los Angeles Angels in the Rays’ 3-0 victory. Tampa starter pitching Chris Archer gave up just two hits in his 5.2 frames on the mound.
On the opposite side, Jared Weaver dazzled at times for the Angels in his seven innings of work. He surrendered just three hits, but coughed up a home run and two runs in a game where his offense was nowhere to be found.
Neither team could put together any significant offensive threat in the early going as the game entered in the fifth still locked in a scoreless tie.
The Rays finally broke through in the top portion of the fifth when Yunel Escobar connected on his third homer of the season – a solo shot — on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the frame.
L.A. still couldn’t get on the board as the Rays just padded to their lead with single runs in the seventh and eighth to put the game almost completely out of reach. James Loney singled home Evan Longoria in the seventh and Longoria followed with an RBI base hit of his own in the eighth to make the game 3-0 in favor of the away team.
The Angels bats still looked uncomfortable in the late going as they popped out twice and were called out on strikes for the final three outs of the game against closer Grant Balfour. In fact, the Angels mustered up just two hits and three base runners from the end of the fifth inning.
On the flip side, the Rays had a lot of opportunities to add to their small margin throughout the game as they went on to leave 16 runners on base.
Getting the unfortunate loss for the home team was Weaver. He fanned five Rays batters and handed the ball over to the bullpen late in the game with a chance to still win. His ERA still sits at 3.14 on the year.