ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night.
Trout hit his 25th homer of the season, a two-run shot off Jeremy Hellickson (0-1) during a three-run first that put the Angels up 3-0.
Los Angeles went ahead 4-1 on Hamilton’s solo homer in the third. The slugger was hit by Jeff Beliveau’s pitch in the seventh inning and later left with a bruised left middle finger.
After Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Huston Street, the closer got his fifth save since being acquired from San Diego on July 18 by striking out Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist, and getting Matt Joyce on a pop fly. Zobrist had a potential extra-base hit go foul down the right field line.
This was the Rays’ first game since trading ace David Price to Detroit as part of a three-team deal Thursday. Tampa Bay received Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly and two minor leaguers.
Albert Pujols tied Chipper Jones for 26th place on the career list with his 549th double in the first and scored on Erick Aybar’s single. Matt Shoemaker (9-3) allowed three runs and eight hits over five innings.
Tampa Bay got within 4-3 in the fifth on Evan Longoria’s infield single. A second run scored on a throwing error by third baseman David Freese. Longoria was thrown out attempting to advance to second after colliding with first base umpire Larry Vanover.
The Angels took a 5-3 lead on a sixth-inning run-scoring double by Chris Iannetta.
Hellickson gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander, coming back from right elbow surgery in January, has gone less than five innings in all three of his starts this season.
Tampa Bay’s Cole Figueroa hit a second-inning sacrifice fly.
Angels: Tyler Skaggs was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Manager Mike Scioscia says the left-hander might miss “a little bit of time.”
Rays: Right fielder Wil Myers, out since May 31 with a broken right wrist, took batting practice in an indoor cage for the first time.
Angels: Left-hander C.J. Wilson (8-6) is scheduled to return from the disabled list to start Saturday night. He went on the DL July 10 with a sprained right ankle
Rays: Right-hander Chris Archer (8-6) is looking Saturday night to extend a stretch of going six or more innings in 10 of 12 starts.