Homer barrage keeps Rays in wild card spot, tops Angels 11-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays shook off a rough stop in Texas and got right back into their playoff chase with a surprising burst of power.

Willy Adames, Austin Meadows and Jesus Aguilar homered in the third inning, and the Rays kept pace in the AL wild card race with an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Guillermo Heredia also homered and Avisail Garcia drove in three runs for the Rays, who snapped a two-game mini-skid against the Rangers by trouncing the plummeting Angels for their 12th win in 15 games. Tampa Bay (88-61) remained right behind Oakland (88-60) in the second wild card slot and a game ahead of Cleveland (86-61).

''We're a resilient bunch,'' Meadows said after hitting his team-leading 30th homer. ''Losing two in Texas, those were close games, but I think we bounced back really well. We treat this (playoff race) the same as the beginning of the season. We just go out and play our game.''

Although they're 11th in the AL in homers this season, the Rays showed power against the Angels. Meadows' two-run shot extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and it put the Rays ahead to stay during their big third inning against Andrew Heaney (4-5).

Charlie Morton (15-6) yielded three runs over six innings of six-hit ball in yet another strong start.

''The offense, the fact that they were able to do what they did, was huge for me,'' Morton said. ''This group is real loose. I don't see (the playoff race) affecting guys too much. I don't think there's a ton of pressure on guys to act a certain way. We're just playing.''

Kole Calhoun hit two homers for the Angels, who lost their fifth straight while playing without Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. They were also without Justin Upton, who was ruled out for the rest of the season after the game with patellar tendinitis.

Los Angeles dropped to 67-81, guaranteeing four straight non-winning seasons for the first time since 1993-96. At least the Angels briefly held their first lead since last Saturday when Albert Pujols doubled and scored on Luis Rengifo's single in the second.

Heaney, the only veteran left in the Angels' rotation, couldn't get out of the fourth inning, yielding 10 hits and six runs in just his second loss since July 6.

''I thought when he went back through the order, the Rays made some adjustments and got hold of some pitches,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.

TROUT OUT

Trout missed his fifth straight game with an irritated nerve in his right foot. The superstar was in the Angels' early lineup, but was scratched about two hours before game time to give him another day of rest.

''He put his cleat on and it kind of fired up again,'' Ausmus said.

The Angels don't currently plan to shut down Trout, who leads the AL with 45 homers.

STEADY CHARLIE

Morton has matched his career high by winning 15 games for the second consecutive season, but with more strikeouts than he managed last season in Houston and a near-identical ERA. Morton had a personal 22-game unbeaten streak that ended against the Angels in June, but that defeat remains his only loss in nine career starts against the Halos.

SPEEDY DAVIS

The Rays' Johnny Davis, a fast 29-year-old outfielder from nearby Compton, got his first major league hit in the ninth inning with a triple down the left field line. Davis then scored his first run on Aguilar's sacrifice fly.

Even better, his mother and father were at Angel Stadium to see him play baseball for the very first time, he said.

''As soon as I hit it, I was thinking triple,'' Davis said. ''I felt like I was running in mud.''

Davis, who made his big league debut Wednesday as a pinch-runner and promptly got picked off, was signed by Tampa Bay on Aug. 26 out of the Mexican League, where he stole 54 bases. He'll be a pinch-runner and defensive replacement down the stretch for Tampa Bay.

GLOVE GONE

When Aguilar hit a solo homer to center with two outs in the third, outfielder Brian Goodwin's glove fell off his hand and behind the fence into the area by the Big A's ficus trees while he failed to catch it. Goodwin stood on the warning track awkwardly while Aguilar circled the bases, but someone eventually found the glove and threw it back on the field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell is tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. He has been out since late July for elbow surgery, but is eager to help the Rays' push for a playoff spot.

Angels: Ohtani had surgery Friday on his left kneecap. He will need eight to 12 weeks of recovery. ... Upton with have a platelet-rich plasma injection soon, and he'll need six weeks of recovery. He was limited to 63 games this season and finished with 12 homers and 40 RBIs - his lowest totals since his 43-game rookie season in 2007.

UP NEXT

Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.15 ERA), a native of the north end of the sprawling five-county Los Angeles area, makes his second start back from a four-month injury absence for Tampa Bay. He faces Jaime Barria (4-8, 6.14 ERA), who is pitching at home for the first time since July after making six straight road appearances.

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  • W: C. Morton (15-6)L: A. Heaney (4-5)
  • HR: TB - J. Aguilar (11), A. Meadows (30), W. Adames (18), G. Heredia (5), LAA - K. Calhoun 2 (31)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Garcia DH50230010.275.328.456.7845.5
T. Pham LF32110101.279.377.460.8377.0
K. Kiermaier CF10000011.238.286.413.698-0.5
A. Meadows RF41221022.289.356.561.9177.0
J. Davis LF111000001.0001.0003.0004.0004.0
T. d'Arnaud C50210011.249.319.447.7662.5
J. Aguilar 1B41221001.240.330.390.7208.0
M. Duffy 3B51100000.238.329.287.6153.0
G. Heredia CF-LF-RF41111031.227.309.369.6784.5
D. Robertson 2B41100011.213.314.299.6141.5
W. Adames SS33211100.252.314.412.72610.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Goodwin CF30000110.270.331.484.8150.5
    D. Fletcher 3B41100001.290.351.388.7392.0
    K. Calhoun RF42232010.234.326.479.80512.5
    A. Pujols DH41100000.249.311.445.7573.0
    A. Simmons SS40100011.256.300.353.6530.5
    J. Walsh 1B30100010.220.278.340.6182.5
    L. Rengifo 2B40210012.239.323.368.6912.5
    T. Ward LF40000015.111.200.222.422-0.5
    K. Smith C30000002.232.314.374.6880.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Garcia (23), M. Duffy (6)
      • 3B - J. Davis
      • HR - A. Meadows (30), J. Aguilar (11), G. Heredia (5), W. Adames (18)
      • SF - J. Aguilar (6)
      • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (69), T. Pham (64), A. Meadows 2 (84), T. d'Arnaud (62), J. Aguilar 2 (45), G. Heredia (19), W. Adames (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia 2 (25), J. Aguilar (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Kiermaier (33), A. Meadows (36), J. Aguilar 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pujols (20), J. Walsh (3)
      • HR - K. Calhoun 2 (31)
      • RBI - K. Calhoun 3 (71), L. Rengifo (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun 3 (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Ward, K. Smith 2 (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Pham (21)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Duffy-Aguilar; Robertson-Aguilar)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (7)
      • DP - (Cole-Rengifo-Walsh)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 15-6)6.06331413.161.1020.0
      A. Kittredge2.01110114.811.374.5
      J. Beeks1.01000104.431.502.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 15-6)6.0
      A. Kittredge2.0
      J. Beeks1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Heaney (L, 4-5)3.110660334.761.26-10.5
      L. Bard2.21110215.051.275.0
      T. Cole1.01111106.601.660.5
      J. Anderson1.02221205.701.55-1.0
      J. Jewell1.01110106.971.311.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Heaney (L, 4-5)3.1
      L. Bard2.2
      T. Cole1.0
      J. Anderson1.0
      J. Jewell1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Morton (12)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 94-62, A. Kittredge 24-20, J. Beeks 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 8-4, A. Kittredge 3-2, J. Beeks 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, A. Kittredge 7, J. Beeks 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Bard (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 73-51, L. Bard 32-22, T. Cole 23-13, J. Anderson 26-14, J. Jewell 19-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 2-4, L. Bard 3-3, T. Cole 1-0, J. Anderson 1-0, J. Jewell 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 19, L. Bard 9, T. Cole 4, J. Anderson 6, J. Jewell 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Garcia DH50230010.275.328.456.7845.5
      T. Pham LF32110101.279.377.460.8377.0
      K. Kiermaier CF10000011.238.286.413.698-0.5
      A. Meadows RF41221022.289.356.561.9177.0
      J. Davis LF111000001.0001.0003.0004.0004.0
      T. d'Arnaud C50210011.249.319.447.7662.5
      J. Aguilar 1B41221001.240.330.390.7208.0
      M. Duffy 3B51100000.238.329.287.6153.0
      G. Heredia CF-LF-RF41111031.227.309.369.6784.5
      D. Robertson 2B41100011.213.314.299.6141.5
      W. Adames SS33211100.252.314.412.72610.0
      Total391115114298-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Goodwin CF30000110.270.331.484.8150.5
        D. Fletcher 3B41100001.290.351.388.7392.0
        K. Calhoun RF42232010.234.326.479.80512.5
        A. Pujols DH41100000.249.311.445.7573.0
        A. Simmons SS40100011.256.300.353.6530.5
        J. Walsh 1B30100010.220.278.340.6182.5
        L. Rengifo 2B40210012.239.323.368.6912.5
        T. Ward LF40000015.111.200.222.422-0.5
        K. Smith C30000002.232.314.374.6880.0
        Total3348421611-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Garcia (23), M. Duffy (6)
          • 3B - J. Davis
          • HR - A. Meadows (30), J. Aguilar (11), G. Heredia (5), W. Adames (18)
          • SF - J. Aguilar (6)
          • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (69), T. Pham (64), A. Meadows 2 (84), T. d'Arnaud (62), J. Aguilar 2 (45), G. Heredia (19), W. Adames (45)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia 2 (25), J. Aguilar (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Kiermaier (33), A. Meadows (36), J. Aguilar 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Pujols (20), J. Walsh (3)
          • HR - K. Calhoun 2 (31)
          • RBI - K. Calhoun 3 (71), L. Rengifo (33)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun 3 (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Ward, K. Smith 2 (17)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Pham (21)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Duffy-Aguilar; Robertson-Aguilar)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (7)
          • DP - (Cole-Rengifo-Walsh)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 15-6)6.06331413.161.1020.0
          A. Kittredge2.01110114.811.374.5
          J. Beeks1.01000104.431.502.5
          Total9.0844162---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 15-6)6.0
          A. Kittredge2.0
          J. Beeks1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Heaney (L, 4-5)3.110660334.761.26-10.5
          L. Bard2.21110215.051.275.0
          T. Cole1.01111106.601.660.5
          J. Anderson1.02221205.701.55-1.0
          J. Jewell1.01110106.971.311.5
          Total9.0151111294---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Heaney (L, 4-5)3.1
          L. Bard2.2
          T. Cole1.0
          J. Anderson1.0
          J. Jewell1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Morton (12)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 94-62, A. Kittredge 24-20, J. Beeks 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 8-4, A. Kittredge 3-2, J. Beeks 2-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, A. Kittredge 7, J. Beeks 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Bard (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 73-51, L. Bard 32-22, T. Cole 23-13, J. Anderson 26-14, J. Jewell 19-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 2-4, L. Bard 3-3, T. Cole 1-0, J. Anderson 1-0, J. Jewell 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 19, L. Bard 9, T. Cole 4, J. Anderson 6, J. Jewell 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Aguilar hit sacrifice fly to center, Davis scored114
          • 8TH INNING
            Calhoun homered to right center104
            Garcia doubled to deep right center, Duffy and Adames scored103
          • 7TH INNING
            d'Arnaud singled to left, Pham scored83
          • 6TH INNING
            Heredia homered to left center73
          • 4TH INNING
            Pham grounded out to shortstop, Adames scored63
            Garcia singled to left, Robertson scored, Adames to second53
          • 3RD INNING
            Calhoun homered to right, Fletcher scored43
            Aguilar homered to center41
            Meadows homered to right center, Pham scored31
            Adames homered to left11
          • 2ND INNING
            Rengifo singled to left center, Pujols scored, Walsh to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jake Jewell relieved Justin Anderson
            • J. Davis: Foul, Foul, Davis tripled to deep left
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
            • J. Aguilar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Aguilar hit sacrifice fly to center, Davis scored
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jalen Beeks relieved Andrew Kittredge
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
            • J. Walsh: Strike swinging, Walsh grounded out to first
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Rengifo singled to right center
            • T. Ward: Ball, Ball, Ward grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Justin Anderson relieved Taylor Cole
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy doubled to left center
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Foul, Robertson grounded out to third
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adames walked
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia doubled to deep right center, Duffy and Adames scored
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Johnny Davis in left field
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodwin grounded out to third
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fletcher flied out to left
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun homered to right center
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Pujols grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Taylor Cole relieved Luke Bard
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
            • A. Meadows: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking, Pham stole second
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, d'Arnaud singled to left, Pham scored
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, d'Arnaud out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Kittredge relieved Charlie Morton
            • Kevin Kiermaier in center field
            • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Rengifo grounded out to first
            • T. Ward: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Bard Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Heredia homered to left center
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames fouled out to first
            • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pujols flied out to deep left
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons lined out to left
            • J. Walsh: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Bard Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
            • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar lined out to center
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy fouled out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin grounded out to second
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to second
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson singled to right
            • W. Adames: Adames singled to left center, Robertson to second
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Garcia singled to left, Robertson scored, Adames to second
            • Luke Bard relieved Andrew Heaney
            • T. Pham: Ball, Adames to third, Garcia to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop, Adames scored
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Simmons singled to shallow left
            • J. Walsh: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Walsh doubled to deep left, Simmons to third
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Rengifo struck out looking
            • T. Ward: Ball, Strike swinging, Ward lined out to second
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames homered to left
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia fouled out to right
            • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Pham singled to center
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Meadows homered to right center, Pham scored
            • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, d'Arnaud grounded out to second
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar homered to center
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Duffy flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
            • D. Fletcher: Fletcher singled to right
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun homered to right, Fletcher scored
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Heredia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols doubled to deep right
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to third, Pujols to third
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Walsh hit by pitch
            • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rengifo singled to left center, Pujols scored, Walsh to second
            • T. Ward: Ward grounded into double play second to first, Rengifo out at second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham lined out to right
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Meadows singled to right
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Foul, d'Arnaud singled to left, Meadows to second
            • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Aguilar singled to right, Meadows out at home, d'Arnaud to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodwin walked
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher lined into double play third to first, Goodwin out at first
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)