The Angels and Tampa Bay Rays wrapped up their series on Thursday night, as they played the rubber match, with both teams taking a game apiece. The Angels took game one 8-2, but dropped game two, losing 4-2 on Wednesday. Garrett Richards got the ball in game three, and he was opposed by Rays right-hander, Alex Colome.
The Rays got two early runs off Richards, as Steven Souza Jr hit a two-run homer in the second, giving the Rays the 2-0 lead. The Angels offense was stymied most of the night by Colome, as they had just three hits in the first five innings. Mike Trout cut the lead to 2-1, as he hit his 17th homer of the season. Colome was then relieved with one-out in the sixth, by Brandon Gomes, who gave up back-to-back hits Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun, before getting Johnny Giavotella to ground into a double play. Former Angel, Kevin Jepsen came in relief in the seventh and walked Matt Joyce to start the inning. Then Efren Navarro singled, making it first and second for Chris Iannetta. Iannetta struck out, but rookie Kyle Kubitza came through, as he poked a single past the diving Forsythe into right field, scoring Joyce and tying up the game. Brad Boxberger then relieved Jepsen, and came in to face Erick Aybar. Aybar reached on a fielder’s choice, as Kubitza was thrown out at second, but scoring on the play was Navarro, as the Angels took the 3-2 lead. Next batter was Mike Trout, who doubled to left, scoring Aybar, as the lead was now 4-2. In the eighth, Joe Smith relieved Richards, and struck out the first two batters, and got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to end the eighth. In the ninth, Kubitza walked to start the inning, against Rays reliever Preston Guilmet. Then two batters later, Albert Pujols hit a two-out homer run to left, adding two insurance runs, as the Angels took the 6-2 lead in the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Huston Street came in a non save situation, and gave up a lead-off hit to Joey Butler, before retiring the next three batters via the fly out, as the Angels won the game 6-2 over the Rays, and winning the series.
Garrett Richards was solid, as he pitched seven innings giving up two runs on four hits, walking one and struck out seven batters. He picked up the win, as he is now 6-4, and dropped his ERA to 3.97 on the season. Alex Colome got the no decision, as he went five and two-thirds inning giving up one run on four hits, walking two and striking out four. The loss was charged to Kevin Jepsen, who gave up three runs in one third of an inning, in relief of Gomes in the seventh inning.
Angels return home, and will host the Oakland Athletics for a three game set starting on Friday night at Angel Stadium. On the mound for the Angels will be Hector Santiago, and he will be opposed by Oakland right hander Jesse Chavez.