The Rays’ offense came alive in the 10-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. Five Rays’ hitters had multi-hit games and they totaled 16 hits as a team. Chris Archer delivered 6 sharp innings with the only blemish being a bad 4th inning. His final line was 6 innings pitched, allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits while striking out 9 and only walking 2. Here’s how it happened.
Evan Longoria got the scoring started with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the first. Logan Forsythe then singled home a run in the bottom of the 2nd and Desmond Jennings followed it up with a perfect bunt to score a 4th run. With the bases now loaded, Brandon Guyer singled to center to score two more runs and put the Rays up 6-0. Angels’ starter CJ Wilson was pulled after the Guyer hit, forcing the Angels’ bullpen to go the rest of the way. The Angels started to claw back into the game in the top of the 4th with Howie Kendrick hitting a ground-rule double to score a run and then David Freese followed with a groundout to score another. Hank Conger followed with a double of his own to score a third run, but Archer quickly settled down.
After Archer departed from the game, Joel Peralta and Brad Boxberger both threw scoreless innings and in the bottom of the 8th the offense came alive again. Forsythe homered to start the inning then hits from Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce and Yunel Escobar scored runs to finish the scoring at 10-3. Forsythe finished the game 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and runs scored, and Zobrist was also solid, going 4 for 5,
The Rays look for the series win tomorrow and will be sending Jake Odorizzi to the mound to face Jered Weaver. The game is at 1:40 PM EST.