Longoria Homers, Rays Rough Up Wilson, Angels 10-3
ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer, Ben Zobrist got four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays roughed up C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels 10-3 Saturday night.
Longoria put the Rays up 2-0 with his 13th homer of the season, connecting in the first off Wilson (8-7). Longoria became the first Tampa Bay player to reach 600 career RBIs.
Brandon Guyer hit a two-run single that ended Wilson’s night during a four-run second that put Tampa Bay ahead 6-0.
Wilson made his first start since July 9 because of a sprained right ankle.
Chris Archer (7-6) struck out nine over six innings.
Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and Zobrist and an RBI double during a four-run eighth.
Howie Kendrick and Hank Conger both had RBI doubles in a three-run fourth that cut the Angels’ deficit to 6-3. Los Angeles had two on with one out in the eighth, but failed to score when Kendrick and David Freese struck out.
Angels slugger Josh Hamilton went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk one day after being hit on the left middle finger by a pitch.
Los Angeles reliever Joe Thatcher left in the fourth with a sprained left ankle, which occurred while fielding Guyer’s bunt single.
The Rays are 5-3 on a current nine-game homestand. It’s their first winning homestand since May 20-25. James Loney added three hits and has reached base in 21 consecutive games.
Angels: Outfielder Collin Cowgill, sidelined by a broken nose, has started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Rays: Right fielder Wil Myers, on the disabled list since May 31 because of a broken right wrist, hopes to start a rehab assignment next Saturday at Triple-A Durham.
Angels right-hander Jered Weaver (11-6) is looking to improve on a 4-4 record in 10 starts against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (7-8) has allowed three runs or less in nine straight starts.