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Joyce wins it for Rays in 10th on Angels' wild pitch

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- An outstanding pitching duel ended on one errant pitch.

Matt Joyce scored from third on a wild pitch with two outs in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Saturday.

Joyce opened the 10th with a double off Fernando Rodney (0-1). After Ben Zobrist lined out and Casey Kotchman moved Joyce to third with a grounder, Rodney threw a 1-2 pitch into the dirt well off the plate that eluded catcher Hank Conger.

"Hank did all he could," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That would have been an incredible stop."

Rays manager Joe Maddon gave credit to Kotchman for advancing the runner and the lead Joyce got on third before the wild pitch.

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"Especially with a guy like Rodney. He's going to throw some balls in the dirt," Maddon said.

The Rays, at 15-12, are the first team to finish April with a winning record after opening the season with a six-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay's James Shields took a shutout into the ninth before giving up a double to Torii Hunter to open the inning. Kyle Farnsworth came in and Hunter later scored to tie it at 1 on Howie Kendrick's grounder.

Farnsworth had converted all five of his previous save opportunities this season. The right-hander was OK after taking Vernon Wells' grounder in the ninth off his shin.

Joyce also homered for the Rays, who have won six of seven. Joel Peralta (1-0) struck out two during a perfect 10th.

Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro gave up one run and four hits over seven innings in his first start this year. He started the regular season on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder tightness.

Shields allowed one run, six hits, one walk and tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts in eight-plus innings. He had a stretch of 21 scoreless innings end.

"Outstanding, once again," Maddon said.

Shields was coming off consecutive four-hit victories over Toronto and the Chicago White Sox. The pair of wins, in which the right-hander allowed just one run, followed a stretch of nine straight winless starts, dating back to last year.

Joyce made it 1-0 on his homer leading off the fifth. He had a three-run shot, his first home run of the season, in Friday night's 8-5 loss to the Angels.

Shields was perfect through one out in the fifth when Kendrick singled to left. The Angels then loaded the bases on singles by Erick Aybar and Conger, but Shields recovered to strike out Peter Bourjos and Alexi Amarista.

"Both guys were matching each other pitch by pitch," Scioscia said. "We had some opportunties in the fifth. Just couldn't get a hit to change the course of that game."

Kendrick went 2 for 4 and has 49 hits in 108 at-bats overall against Tampa Bay.

Pineiro retired eight in a row to begin the game before Reid Brignac's third-inning single.

Notes

  • Angels RHP Jered Weaver (6-0), Sunday's scheduled starter, has a chance to become the majors first pitcher to go 7-0 through May 1st since Sadie McMahon was 9-0 in 1891 for Baltimore of the American Association.
  • Maddon is hopeful that INF Sean Rodriguez (dislocated left pinky finger) will be able to avoid going on the disabled list.
  • Los Angeles 3B Maicer Izturis, limited to one at-bat over the previous four games due to a sore left hamstring, was back in the starting lineup.
  • Rays LF Sam Fuld went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. He stayed in the game after fouling a bunt attempt off his forehead. Maddon said reports immediately after the game were that Fuld is fine.
  • Bourjos extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an eighth-inning single.
  • The Rays recalled RHP Alex Cobb from Triple-A Durham to start Sunday's game. LHP Jake McGee was optioned to the International League club.
 
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James Shields, who takes a shutout into the ninth, ties a career-high by striking out 12 Angels.   (Getty Images)
James Shields, who takes a shutout into the ninth, ties a career-high by striking out 12 Angels. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

M. Joyce
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, 3B5000021 .314
Bobby Abreu, RF4000021 .258
Torii Hunter, DH4110020 .222
Vernon Wells, LF4000001 .174
Howard Kendrick, 1B4021000 .306
Erick Aybar, SS4020021 .353
Hank Conger, C4010012 .273
Peter Bourjos, CF4010023 .309
Alexi Amarista, 2B3000133 .250
Totals36171114  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (2, Shields)
RBI - Howard Kendrick (12)
CS - Peter Bourjos (4, 2nd base by Shields/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Peter Bourjos 1
DP - Aybar-Amarista-Kendrick, Conger, Izturis-Amarista-Kendrick
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joel Pineiro 7411131 1.29
Hisanori Takahashi 1.2200020 3.65
Fernando Rodney (L,0-1) 1111000 3.09
IBB - F. Lopez by Joel Pineiro
WP - Fernando Rodney (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 83-50, Hisanori Takahashi 20-17, Fernando Rodney 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 9-6, Hisanori Takahashi 2-0, Fernando Rodney 2-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 23, Hisanori Takahashi 6, Fernando Rodney 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, LF4000011 .289
Johnny Damon, DH4010000 .266
B.J. Upton, CF4000012 .237
Matt Joyce, RF4221010 .321
Ben Zobrist, 2B4010001 .260
Casey Kotchman, 1B4010002 .341
Felipe Lopez, 3B2000101 .217
Kelly Shoppach, C3000022 .149
Reid Brignac, SS2010000 .222
   a- Elliot Johnson, PH-SS1010000 .226
Totals3227115  
a-singled for Brignac in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (8, Rodney), Ben Zobrist (8, Pineiro)
HR - Matt Joyce (2, Pineiro)
RBI - Matt Joyce (9)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Kyle Farnsworth (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields 86111120 2.14
Kyle Farnsworth (BS,1) 1100000 1.00
Joel Peralta (W,1-0) 1000020 2.19
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 109-79, Kyle Farnsworth 11-10, Joel Peralta 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 7-4, Kyle Farnsworth 2-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 30, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Joel Peralta 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20245
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tom Hallion