Angels, 6, Rays 0
Updated On: May 18 2014 12:35:23 AM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Left-hander C.J. Wilson pitched a five-hit shutout as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 on Saturday night in front of 42,224 at Angel Stadium.
Wilson (5-3) conceded just two walks, induced three double plays, retired eight successive batters between the third and sixth innings, and struck out seven for his second career shutout.
Right fielder Collin Cowgill and catcher Chris Iannetta each had two of the Angels' nine hits, while left fielder Grant Green drove in two runs.
The Angels (23-19) built a 6-0 lead by scoring two runs in each of the first three innings. In the bottom of the first, Los Angeles turned three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly against left-hander Cesar Ramos (1-3) into two runs.
Second baseman Howie Kendrick brought Cowgill home with a single under the glove of Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar. Angels center fielder Mike Trout scored on shortstop Erick Aybar's sacrifice fly.
In the second inning, Trout hit another sacrifice fly that sent third baseman Luis Jimenez home. First baseman Albert Pujols recorded his first RBI since May 6 when Cowgill scored on Pujols' ground-rule double down the right-field line.
Green then hit a two-run home run in the third. The drive was Green's first of the season and the second of his major-league career.
Tampa Bay (19-25) loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh. Third baseman Evan Longoria began the inning with a single. After second baseman Sean Rodriguez struck out, Escobar singled and designated hitter Logan Forsythe walked.
But first baseman James Loney hit into a double play to end the inning. Wilson retired the next six Rays over the next two innings to finish the game.
Ramos allowed four runs, four hits and one walk in just 1 1/3 innings. He also hit a batter and struck out one.
NOTES: Tampa Bay signed INF Jayson Nix to a minor-league contract. Nix, a six-year veteran, was in the Rays' spring training camp as a non-roster player before being traded to Philadelphia, which designated him for assignment Tuesday. ... The Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the bereavement list after Friday night's game. Jennings will remain on the list until Tuesday. OF Kevin Kiermaier was recalled from Triple-A Durham and started in center field Saturday night. ... Rays C Jose Molina replaced C Ryan Hanigan in Saturday night's lineup. Hanigan left Friday night's game in the eighth inning with a hamstring problem. ... Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols hit a ground-rule double Saturday night to pass Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig and move into 33rd place all time in doubles. Pujols has 535 two-base hits. ... Angels LHP C.J. Wilson leads all major-league starters with an average of 116.3 pitches per game. In all eight of his starts, Wilson has thrown at least 111 pitches. ... Los Angeles rookie RHP Michael Morin entered Saturday night's game having yet to concede a run in 8 2/3 innings of relief.
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