Rays drop 1½ games back of Oakland for top AL wild card

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After stumbling against the Los Angeles Angels, the Tampa Bay Rays head up the coast what appears to be an even more challenging series against the Dodgers.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer off Ryan Yarbrough in the fifth inning and drove in four runs, leading the Angels over Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday to drop the Rays 1 1/2 games behind Oakland for the top AL wild card.

Seeking their first playoff berth since 2013, the Rays are 1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland for the AL's second wild card after losing for the third time in five games.

''Every game matters. It's magnified at this point and for good reason,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Losses are a tick more frustrating. Wins are a tick more exciting. But we get to come back and enjoy our day off in LA and play a really good baseball team.''

Tampa Bay trailed 6-1 before Austin Meadows' 31st homer, a three-run drive off Ty Buttrey with two outs in the eighth. Hansel Robles struck out pinch hitter Ji-Man Choi, then worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his career-high 21st save in 24 chances.

After learning that two-time AL MVP Mike Trout will have foot surgery and miss the rest of the season, Los Angeles stopped a six-game losing streak. On Saturday, the Angels ensured their fourth straight losing record.

Pujols tied the score with an RBI double in the first and blew open the game with his 23rd home run this season, the 656th of his big league career.

Yarbrough (11-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. He entered with five straight no-decisions since beating Seattle on Aug. 11.

''Yarbs wasn't his sharpest,'' Cash said. ''The command just wasn't there. He just didn't look crisp for whatever reason.''

Anthony Banda struck out two in two scoreless innings of relief for the Rays. Banda returned Sept. 8 from Tommy John surgery.

''Really encouraged by Anthony Banda's performance,'' Cash said. ''That's a sign in the right direction.''

Noe Ramirez (5-2) retired six straight batters to win in relief of rookie Patrick Sandoval, who allowed two hits in four innings but was removed after 61 pitches.

ALBERT

Pujols moved within four home runs of tying Willie Mays for fifth on the career list.

''He's probably been our most consistent hitter the last 40 games,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''He's had a really nice season. He's a very smart hitter.''

TWO-WAY STARS

Brendan McKay, the Rays' two-way player, had his first career hit in the eighth inning. McKay, who pinch hit and singled, had been 0 for 5 at the plate. ... Jared Walsh, a two-way player for the Angels, doubled in the second inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Yonny Chirinos (right middle finger inflammation) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday in Los Angeles.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (6-7, 4.28 ERA) is expected to be activated from the IL to start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Snell, who had loose bodies in his left elbow, has not pitched for the Rays since July 21.

Angels: LHP Jose Suarez (2-6, 6.94 ERA) is slated to start Tuesday's series opener at the New York Yankees. He is 0-5 in 11 starts since beating Tampa Bay on June 15.

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  • W: N. Ramirez (5-3)L: R. Yarbrough (11-4)S: H. Robles (21)
  • HR: TB - A. Meadows (31), LAA - A. Pujols (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Pham DH31100112.277.375.456.8314.5
A. Meadows LF41131022.289.357.563.9207.0
A. Garcia RF40200001.277.329.456.7862.0
J. Aguilar 1B20010010.238.327.387.7140.5
a- J. Choi PH-1B10000011.259.366.435.801-0.5
J. Wendle 2B30000111.238.296.337.6330.5
M. Duffy 3B30000000.232.322.280.6020.0
b- E. Sogard PH10000001.290.353.457.8100.0
W. Adames SS30100010.252.316.410.7270.5
c- N. Lowe PH10000011.271.333.465.798-0.5
K. Kiermaier CF41000002.233.281.405.6851.0
M. Zunino C20000010.171.238.322.560-0.5
d- B. McKay PH11100000.167.286.167.4522.0
M. Perez C00000000.233.340.349.6890.0
  • a-struck out for Aguilar in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Duffy in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Adames in the 9th
  • d-singled for Zunino in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fletcher 3B31110100.288.349.385.7354.0
A. Simmons SS42200002.261.304.357.6614.0
A. Pujols DH41241000.251.313.453.76513.0
K. Calhoun RF30000120.231.325.473.7990.0
K. Smith C40300002.245.324.384.7083.0
B. Goodwin CF40100022.272.332.487.8192.0
M. Hermosillo LF41000022.250.357.250.6070.0
J. Walsh 1B31110000.211.262.333.5964.0
L. Rengifo 2B30100010.239.323.366.6890.5
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Meadows (31)
    • SF - J. Aguilar (7)
    • RBI - A. Meadows 3 (87), J. Aguilar (46)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows 3 (35)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia (57), J. Choi, J. Wendle, K. Kiermaier
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Pujols (21), J. Walsh (4)
    • HR - A. Pujols (23)
    • RBI - D. Fletcher (46), A. Pujols 4 (89), J. Walsh (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Goodwin, M. Hermosillo (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Pham (22)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Pujols (2), B. Goodwin (6)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Garcia (6), A. Meadows (2)
    • DP - 2 (Meadows-Duffy-Wendle; Duffy-Aguilar)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Yarbrough (L, 11-4)5.010662313.780.94-6.5
    A. Banda2.00000203.001.007.0
    C. Sulser1.01000200.000.883.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Yarbrough (L, 11-4)5.0
    A. Banda2.0
    C. Sulser1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Sandoval4.02111404.911.3610.0
    N. Ramirez (W, 5-3)2.00000104.041.2213.5
    L. Garcia1.00000104.171.493.5
    T. Buttrey0.24330114.301.33-6.5
    H. Robles (S, 21)1.10001202.361.0010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    P. Sandoval4.0
    N. Ramirez (W, 5-3)2.0
    L. Garcia1.0
    T. Buttrey0.2
    H. Robles (S, 21)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 93-60, A. Banda 27-21, C. Sulser 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 6-4, A. Banda 2-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 25, A. Banda 6, C. Sulser 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Sandoval 61-37, N. Ramirez 24-17, L. Garcia 10-8, T. Buttrey 21-17, H. Robles 25-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Sandoval 5-3, N. Ramirez 4-1, L. Garcia 1-1, T. Buttrey 1-0
    • Batters Faced - P. Sandoval 15, N. Ramirez 6, L. Garcia 3, T. Buttrey 6, H. Robles 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Pham DH31100112.277.375.456.8314.5
    A. Meadows LF41131022.289.357.563.9207.0
    A. Garcia RF40200001.277.329.456.7862.0
    J. Aguilar 1B20010010.238.327.387.7140.5
    a- J. Choi PH-1B10000011.259.366.435.801-0.5
    J. Wendle 2B30000111.238.296.337.6330.5
    M. Duffy 3B30000000.232.322.280.6020.0
    b- E. Sogard PH10000001.290.353.457.8100.0
    W. Adames SS30100010.252.316.410.7270.5
    c- N. Lowe PH10000011.271.333.465.798-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF41000002.233.281.405.6851.0
    M. Zunino C20000010.171.238.322.560-0.5
    d- B. McKay PH11100000.167.286.167.4522.0
    M. Perez C00000000.233.340.349.6890.0
    Total3246412911-----
    HITTERSAB
    T. Pham DH3
    A. Meadows LF4
    A. Garcia RF4
    J. Aguilar 1B2
    a- J. Choi PH-1B1
    J. Wendle 2B3
    M. Duffy 3B3
    b- E. Sogard PH1
    W. Adames SS3
    c- N. Lowe PH1
    K. Kiermaier CF4
    M. Zunino C2
    d- B. McKay PH1
    M. Perez C0
    Total32
    • a-struck out for Aguilar in the 8th
    • b-lined out for Duffy in the 9th
    • c-struck out for Adames in the 9th
    • d-singled for Zunino in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fletcher 3B31110100.288.349.385.7354.0
    A. Simmons SS42200002.261.304.357.6614.0
    A. Pujols DH41241000.251.313.453.76513.0
    K. Calhoun RF30000120.231.325.473.7990.0
    K. Smith C40300002.245.324.384.7083.0
    B. Goodwin CF40100022.272.332.487.8192.0
    M. Hermosillo LF41000022.250.357.250.6070.0
    J. Walsh 1B31110000.211.262.333.5964.0
    L. Rengifo 2B30100010.239.323.366.6890.5
    Total3261161278-----
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Meadows (31)
      • SF - J. Aguilar (7)
      • RBI - A. Meadows 3 (87), J. Aguilar (46)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows 3 (35)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia (57), J. Choi, J. Wendle, K. Kiermaier
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pujols (21), J. Walsh (4)
      • HR - A. Pujols (23)
      • RBI - D. Fletcher (46), A. Pujols 4 (89), J. Walsh (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Goodwin, M. Hermosillo (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Pham (22)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Pujols (2), B. Goodwin (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Garcia (6), A. Meadows (2)
      • DP - 2 (Meadows-Duffy-Wendle; Duffy-Aguilar)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Yarbrough (L, 11-4)5.010662313.780.94-6.5
      A. Banda2.00000203.001.007.0
      C. Sulser1.01000200.000.883.0
      Total8.01166271---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Yarbrough (L, 11-4)5.0
      A. Banda2.0
      C. Sulser1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Sandoval4.02111404.911.3610.0
      N. Ramirez (W, 5-3)2.00000104.041.2213.5
      L. Garcia1.00000104.171.493.5
      T. Buttrey0.24330114.301.33-6.5
      H. Robles (S, 21)1.10001202.361.0010.0
      Total9.0644291---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Sandoval4.0
      N. Ramirez (W, 5-3)2.0
      L. Garcia1.0
      T. Buttrey0.2
      H. Robles (S, 21)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 93-60, A. Banda 27-21, C. Sulser 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 6-4, A. Banda 2-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 25, A. Banda 6, C. Sulser 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Sandoval 61-37, N. Ramirez 24-17, L. Garcia 10-8, T. Buttrey 21-17, H. Robles 25-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Sandoval 5-3, N. Ramirez 4-1, L. Garcia 1-1, T. Buttrey 1-0
      • Batters Faced - P. Sandoval 15, N. Ramirez 6, L. Garcia 3, T. Buttrey 6, H. Robles 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Meadows homered to center, Kiermaier and McKay scored46
      • 5TH INNING
        Pujols homered to left, Fletcher and Simmons scored16
      • 2ND INNING
        Fletcher singled to shallow left, Walsh scored, Rengifo to second13
        Walsh doubled to deep left, Hermosillo scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Pujols doubled to deep right, Simmons scored11
        Aguilar hit sacrifice fly to left, Pham scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • H. Robles Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wendle walked
        • Eric Sogard hit for Matt Duffy
        • E. Sogard: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Sogard lined out to center
        • Nate Lowe hit for Willy Adames
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Luis Garcia
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adames singled to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to second, Adames out at second
        • Brendan McKay hit for Mike Zunino
        • B. McKay: Strike looking, Foul, McKay singled to left, Kiermaier to second
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Meadows homered to center, Kiermaier and McKay scored
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Garcia singled to right
        • Hansel Robles relieved Ty Buttrey
        • Ji-Man Choi hit for Jesus Aguilar
        • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cole Sulser relieved Anthony Banda
        • Michael Perez catching
        • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smith singled to deep right, Smith out at second
        • B. Goodwin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Luis Garcia relieved Noe Ramirez
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle lined out to center
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Duffy grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Banda Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to deep left
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols flied out to deep center
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham flied out to deep right
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Meadows grounded out to second
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Anthony Banda relieved Ryan Yarbrough
        • J. Walsh: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Walsh grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Rengifo: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Patrick Sandoval
        • W. Adames: Adames grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fletcher walked
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Foul, Foul, Simmons reached on an infield single to shortstop, Fletcher to second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols homered to left, Fletcher and Simmons scored
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to second
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith singled to center
        • B. Goodwin: Goodwin reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith out at second
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodwin stole second, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • P. Sandoval Pitching:
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Duffy grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hermosillo popped out to first
        • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Ball, Walsh lined out to right
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rengifo grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • P. Sandoval Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham walked
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham stole second, Garcia flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pujols grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith singled to center
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • P. Sandoval Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy grounded out to third
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin singled to right
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Hermosillo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Goodwin out at second
        • J. Walsh: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walsh doubled to deep left, Hermosillo scored
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Rengifo singled to shallow right center, Walsh to third
        • D. Fletcher: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Fletcher singled to shallow left, Walsh scored, Rengifo to second
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded into double play third to first, Rengifo out at third
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • P. Sandoval Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pham singled to left center
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Garcia singled to right center, Pham to third
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar hit sacrifice fly to left, Pham scored
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher lined out to right
        • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to right center
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols doubled to deep right, Simmons scored
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked, Pujols stole third
        • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith flied into double play left to third to second, Calhoun out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)