|L.A. Angels (72-76)||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||3||4||1|
|Tampa Bay (89-58) «||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||1||1||4||10||0|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays kept pace in the AL East, thanks to a late big hit and a couple of breaks.
Carlos Pena hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning for Tampa Bay, then shortstop Brandon Wood's throwing error with two outs in the 10th Saturday night gave the Rays a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
"It was a really entertaining game and we're playing that kind of entertaining game way too often," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "When you win it, it's beautiful."
The Rays stayed one-half game behind New York in the AL East, and continued to hold a sizable lead over Boston in the wild-card race. Tampa Bay has played six straight one-run games, winning three.
"This is big game for us," Rays shortstop Reidn Brignac said. "We let one slide away [Friday night]. We bounced back and made some plays."
Willy Aybar hit a grounder on a full-count pitch up the middle that Wood fielded, but he made a wild throw that bounced well in front of and past first baseman Mike Napoli, who failed to made a difficult backhand scoop.
"How about it?" Maddon said, "It's the most grinding win I think I've been associated with here, ever."
Wood hit a ninth-inning tiebreaking homer in the Angels' 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.
"I caught it, kind of rushed it a little bit and threw it a bit open instead of closing up, and when you do that you spike in the dirt," Wood said.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said the play was not a routine one.
"He went a long way," Scioscia said. "I thought he got a really good break on it. He was throwing against the grain a little bit."
Tampa Bay made it 3-all on Pena's single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth. The rally started when Dan Johnson beat the closer's throw for a two-out infield single that went about 30 feet. Matt Joyce singled to right before Pena's key hit.
"That's why this team is so different," Bartlett said. "It started with a ball off the end of the bat and Dan beats it out. That's our game. We're not going to hit the towering home runs all the time. We do it by speed and playing the game right."
Brignac put the Rays up 2-0 with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Rafael Soriano (3-2) threw a perfect 10th.
Juan Rivera ended a stretch of 19 consecutive scoreless innings by Rays ace David Price with a three-run homer in the seventh that gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead. Price allowed only one hit going into the seventh.
Napoli walked and Howie Kendrick hit an infield single before Rivera hit his 13th homer this season.
"You have a 2-0 lead and you've got David pitching one of his best games and walk, dribbler, homer, come on," Maddon said.
Price was coming off a start Monday night in which he and Yankees ace CC Sabathia both threw eight shutout innings in a game eventually won by the Rays 1-0 in 11 innings. The pair is lined up to face each other again Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Angels starter Joel Pineiro, who had been out with a strained left oblique since late July, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. The right-hander had gone 7-1 in his previous nine starts before the injury, which occurred while the pitcher was warming up in the bullpen before a scheduled start on July 28.
The Rays' first baserunner came with two outs in the fourth when Carl Crawford singled.Notes
|Willy Aybar is swarmed by his teammates after hitting the game-winning grounder in the 10th. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Reggie Willits, LF||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||.262|
|Kevin Frandsen, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|a- Alberto Callaspo, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Torii Hunter, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.286|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.244|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.274|
|Juan Rivera, RF||3||1||2||3||1||0||0||.253|
|Brandon Wood, SS||4||0||1||0||0||3||3||.159|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.190|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.194|
|a-struck out for Frandsen in the 8th|
|2B - Brandon Wood (2, Price)|
|HR - Juan Rivera (13, Price)|
|RBI - Juan Rivera 3 (50)|
|CS - Reggie Willits (4, 2nd base by Cormier/Jaso)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Napoli-Wood|
|E - Brandon Wood (9, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Jordan Walden (H,4)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.80|
|Kevin Jepsen (H,23)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.47|
|Fernando Rodney (BS,6)||1||3||1||1||0||1||0||4.21|
|Bobby Cassevah (L,0-2)||0.2||1||1||0||2||0||0||3.78|
|IBB - Longoria by Bobby Cassevah|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 81-56, Jordan Walden 10-6, Kevin Jepsen 11-6, Fernando Rodney 21-17, Bobby Cassevah 27-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 9-4, Jordan Walden 1-0, Kevin Jepsen 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-1, Bobby Cassevah 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 23, Jordan Walden 3, Kevin Jepsen 3, Fernando Rodney 6, Bobby Cassevah 6|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|John Jaso, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.270|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.241|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.303|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||.294|
|Dan Johnson, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.227|
|Desmond Jennings, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|a- Willy Aybar, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Matt Joyce, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.232|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.202|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.236|
|Reid Brignac, SS||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.265|
|Jason Bartlett, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|a-grounded out for Jennings in the 10th|
|2B - Reid Brignac (13, Cassevah)|
|HR - Reid Brignac (8, Pineiro)|
|RBI - Carlos Pena (81), Reid Brignac 2 (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (29), Reid Brignac 2 (11)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Rafael Soriano (W,3-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.82|
|WP - David Price (5), Dan Wheeler (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Price 105-75, Lance Cormier 13-7, Chad Qualls 5-4, Dan Wheeler 14-3, Grant Balfour 11-8, Rafael Soriano 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-8, Rafael Soriano 2-1|
|Batters Faced - David Price 27, Lance Cormier 2, Chad Qualls 1, Dan Wheeler 3, Grant Balfour 2, Rafael Soriano 3|
|Attendance - 31896|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi|