Morrison homers to help Cobb, Rays beat Angels 6-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Back on June 3, Alex Cobb looked like a pitcher whose season was in trouble. He had just given up a career-high nine earned runs to fall to 4-5 with a 4.52 ERA.

Six weeks later, the Tampa Bay Rays' right-hander has become an entirely new pitcher.

Cobb continued his turnaround on a warm Saturday night, holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run in the Rays' 6-3 victory.

He did not allow a run until Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the sixth, the first of two homers for him.

Cobb (8-6) allowed six hits and three walks in his 7 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts. Since that June 3 start against the Baltimore Orioles, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in seven starts, going at least six innings in each.

''We had a bunch of production kind of spread out through the lineup, but the story is still is really how Alex pitched,'' said Rays manager Kevin Cash.

Helped by drives hit almost directly at fielders, Cobb dominated early before falling behind in the count in his later innings.

''Fortunately when it did get to those counts, I was able to make some pitches or they hit a line drive at somebody,'' Cobb said. ''It's not something that's a formula for success going down the road, but was able to get by with it tonight.''

He was supported by a 14-hit attack. Logan Morrison provided the key hit with a two-run homer in the third for a 3-0 lead. It was his 25th home run. Steven Souza Jr. added a solo homer in the eighth to give him a career-high 18 home runs.

The Angels' JC Ramirez (8-8) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five.

''JC gave up a bunch of hits early but made some pitches to minimize the damage,'' said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. ''I thought JC's stuff was OK, not bad, but had trouble at times making pitches when he had to.''

ANGELS' OFFENSIVE WOES

The Angels are 28th in baseball in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.691) and Scioscia is growing weary of his team's lack of offensive production.

''We have to get a lot more continuity offensively,'' Scioscia said. ''We need to pressure these teams every inning.''

TAMPA DEFENSE

The Rays did not commit an error and backed Cobb up with some timely defensive plays. Cobb said since he was pitching to contact, it was highly appreciated.

''It's at the caliber right now that we're going to need it to be at to get to where we want to be in October and into the playoffs,'' he said. ''I think it's amongst the best in baseball right now. It's been fun to watch the progression.''

WRONG DIRECTION

The Angels have lost four of their last five games to fall four games under .500 (45-49) for the first time this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Catcher Wilson Ramos tweaked his right hamstring running the bases in the 10th inning Friday and was not in the lineup. Tampa would like to rest him for a couple of days but said he was available. ... Shortstop Tim Beckham (left ankle sprain) was activated from the disabled list after the game optioned infielder Taylor Featherston back to triple-A.

Angels: Right-hander Garrett Richards, who hasn't pitched since his season debut April 5 because of a biceps injury, has played catch the past two days. ... Right-hander Nick Tropeano is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery last August.

UP NEXT

Rays: Right-hander Chris Archer (7-5, 3.95 ERA) makes his first start since the All-Star Game. Archer is 5-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six career starts against the Angels and has won the last four.

Angels: Are scheduled to recall right-hander Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.42) to start against the Rays on Sunday. He was optioned back to Triple-A prior to the break so the Angels could add another reliever. He threw six scoreless innings against the Twins in his last start July 5.

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  • W: A. Cobb (8-6)L: J. Ramirez (8-8)
  • HR: TB - L. Morrison (25), S. Souza (18), LAA - L. Valbuena 2 (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Smith CF51100014.320.392.406.7983.5
C. Dickerson DH51400011.315.357.551.9088.5
E. Longoria 3B40110012.261.317.438.7551.5
L. Morrison 1B41121124.254.363.562.9257.0
S. Souza RF41111113.268.369.502.8706.5
B. Miller 2B50000012.204.344.331.675-0.5
A. Hechavarria SS41100000.255.265.327.5932.0
S. Peterson LF41300000.277.342.446.7895.0
J. Sucre C40220001.255.274.400.6744.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Maybin LF40000010.238.341.370.711-0.5
    K. Calhoun RF30100100.241.320.380.6993.0
    M. Trout CF30200100.339.460.7251.1863.0
    A. Pujols DH40100005.241.287.393.6801.0
    Y. Escobar 3B41200001.287.344.413.7573.0
    A. Simmons SS40000023.286.337.434.770-1.0
    L. Valbuena 1B42232002.188.266.348.61413.0
    M. Maldonado C40000000.247.308.402.7100.0
    C. Pennington 2B30000130.234.312.288.600-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson 2 (26), S. Peterson (5)
      • HR - L. Morrison (25), S. Souza (18)
      • SF - E. Longoria (9)
      • RBI - E. Longoria (55), L. Morrison 2 (59), S. Souza (57), J. Sucre 2 (23)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Calhoun (12)
      • HR - L. Valbuena 2 (8)
      • RBI - L. Valbuena 3 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Valbuena (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (12), C. Dickerson (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - C. Pennington
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (W, 8-6)7.26113413.591.2423.0
      B. Boxberger0.10000000.000.560.0
      J. Diaz1.02220215.461.550.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (W, 8-6)7.2
      B. Boxberger0.1
      J. Diaz1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Ramirez (L, 8-8)6.08441514.541.322.5
      Y. Petit1.02110002.961.030.0
      K. Middleton1.03110014.181.25-1.0
      J. Alvarez1.01001205.231.262.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Ramirez (L, 8-8)6.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      K. Middleton1.0
      J. Alvarez1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 105-59, B. Boxberger 3-2, J. Diaz 18-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 8-9, B. Boxberger 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30, B. Boxberger, J. Diaz 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Ramirez (3)
      • IBB - J. Alvarez (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 91-61, Y. Petit 22-12, K. Middleton 14-11, J. Alvarez 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 9-3, K. Middleton 2-1, J. Alvarez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 26, Y. Petit 5, K. Middleton 6, J. Alvarez 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Smith CF51100014.320.392.406.7983.5
      C. Dickerson DH51400011.315.357.551.9088.5
      E. Longoria 3B40110012.261.317.438.7551.5
      L. Morrison 1B41121124.254.363.562.9257.0
      S. Souza RF41111113.268.369.502.8706.5
      B. Miller 2B50000012.204.344.331.675-0.5
      A. Hechavarria SS41100000.255.265.327.5932.0
      S. Peterson LF41300000.277.342.446.7895.0
      J. Sucre C40220001.255.274.400.6744.0
      Total39614622717-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Maybin LF40000010.238.341.370.711-0.5
        K. Calhoun RF30100100.241.320.380.6993.0
        M. Trout CF30200100.339.460.7251.1863.0
        A. Pujols DH40100005.241.287.393.6801.0
        Y. Escobar 3B41200001.287.344.413.7573.0
        A. Simmons SS40000023.286.337.434.770-1.0
        L. Valbuena 1B42232002.188.266.348.61413.0
        M. Maldonado C40000000.247.308.402.7100.0
        C. Pennington 2B30000130.234.312.288.600-0.5
        Total3338323611-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Dickerson 2 (26), S. Peterson (5)
          • HR - L. Morrison (25), S. Souza (18)
          • SF - E. Longoria (9)
          • RBI - E. Longoria (55), L. Morrison 2 (59), S. Souza (57), J. Sucre 2 (23)
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Calhoun (12)
          • HR - L. Valbuena 2 (8)
          • RBI - L. Valbuena 3 (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Valbuena (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith (12), C. Dickerson (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - C. Pennington
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cobb (W, 8-6)7.26113413.591.2423.0
          B. Boxberger0.10000000.000.560.0
          J. Diaz1.02220215.461.550.0
          Total9.0833362---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cobb (W, 8-6)7.2
          B. Boxberger0.1
          J. Diaz1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Ramirez (L, 8-8)6.08441514.541.322.5
          Y. Petit1.02110002.961.030.0
          K. Middleton1.03110014.181.25-1.0
          J. Alvarez1.01001205.231.262.0
          Total9.01466272---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Ramirez (L, 8-8)6.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          K. Middleton1.0
          J. Alvarez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 105-59, B. Boxberger 3-2, J. Diaz 18-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 8-9, B. Boxberger 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30, B. Boxberger, J. Diaz 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Ramirez (3)
          • IBB - J. Alvarez (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 91-61, Y. Petit 22-12, K. Middleton 14-11, J. Alvarez 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 9-3, K. Middleton 2-1, J. Alvarez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 26, Y. Petit 5, K. Middleton 6, J. Alvarez 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Valbuena homered to right, Escobar scored63
          • 8TH INNING
            Souza homered to center61
          • 7TH INNING
            Valbuena homered to center51
            Longoria hit sacrifice fly to center, Smith scored50
          • 4TH INNING
            Sucre singled to right center, Peterson scored40
          • 3RD INNING
            Morrison homered to center, Dickerson scored30
          • 2ND INNING
            Sucre grounded out to shortstop, Hechavarria scored, Peterson to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarez relieved Keynan Middleton
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson doubled to right center
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Longoria struck out on foul tip
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
            • S. Souza: Souza intentionally walked
            • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jumbo Diaz relieved Brad Boxberger
            • Y. Escobar: Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to third
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Valbuena homered to right, Escobar scored
            • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Maldonado flied out to left
            • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Pennington struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Keynan Middleton relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • S. Souza: Ball, Strike swinging, Souza homered to center
            • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to second
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded out to second
            • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Foul, Peterson reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Sucre singled to center, Peterson to second
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Pennington: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Pennington struck out on foul tip
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maybin lined out to left
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Calhoun doubled to left
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Alex Cobb
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Pujols reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Trout out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved JC Ramirez
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sucre popped out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Smith singled to right
            • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Smith stole second, Foul, Ball, Dickerson singled to deep center, Smith to third
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Longoria hit sacrifice fly to center, Smith scored
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson stole second, Morrison popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons lined out to center
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valbuena homered to center
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Foul, Miller grounded out to third
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to third
            • S. Peterson: Peterson flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pennington struck out swinging
            • C. Maybin: Maybin lined out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked
            • M. Trout: Trout reached on an infield single to shortstop, Calhoun to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pujols reached on fielder's choice to third, Calhoun out at third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morrison walked
            • S. Souza: Souza lined into double play pitcher to first, Morrison out at first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons lined out to left
            • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Valbuena lined out to left
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to second
            • S. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Peterson doubled to left
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre singled to right center, Peterson scored
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dickerson struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trout singled to left
            • A. Pujols: Pujols flied out to deep right
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Dickerson doubled to deep right
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria lined out to right, Dickerson to third
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Morrison homered to center, Dickerson scored
            • S. Souza: Souza grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Miller: Foul, Miller grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado popped out to shortstop
            • C. Pennington: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pennington walked
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Pennington picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria singled to center
            • S. Peterson: Foul, Foul, Peterson singled to right, Hechavarria to second
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Hechavarria to third, Peterson to second on wild pitch, Sucre grounded out to shortstop, Hechavarria scored, Peterson to third
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols singled to left
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to left, Pujols to second
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
            • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valbuena grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson singled to right
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Longoria singled to shallow center, Dickerson to second
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)