Tampa Bay closer Grant Balfour walked the first two batters in
the ninth and gave up Collin Cowgill’s RBI single before Trout
hammered a 1-1 pitch by Brad Boxberger (0-1) over the left-field
wall for his first career walk-off homer. Raul Ibanez also had an
RBI and Fernando Salas (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the
victory as the Angels improved to 6-1 in their last seven.
Brandon Guyer belted a solo homer and added an RBI single, James
Loney was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Wil Myers added a pair of hits
and an RBI for the Rays. Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard allowed two
unearned runs on four hits while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.
The Rays collected three hits in the second inning, including
Guyer’s two-out RBI single to left field for a 1-0 lead. Myers
knocked in one run with a double that glanced off the glove of third
baseman Luis Jimenez and Loney made it 4-0 in the sixth with a
two-run single down right-field line with two outs.
Loney’s error on Erick Aybar’s two-out grounder brought home a run
and Ibanez delivered a pinch-hit single to push across another in
the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 4-2. Guyer answered in
the next half inning, hammering a 0-1 pitch from Los Angeles starter
Tyler Skaggs into the right-center field seats.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay INF-OF Ben Zobrist was placed on the 15-day
disabled list with a dislocated left thumb and INF Cole Figueroa was
recalled from Triple-A Durham. … The Rays had gone 22 innings
without allowing a run before Los Angeles plated a pair in the
sixth. … Skaggs yielded five runs on eight hits and one walk with
five strikeouts over six-plus innings.
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