ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Osleivis Basabe hit a game-clinching two-run double in a four-run eighth inning and the playoff…
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Osleivis Basabe hit a game-clinching two-run double in a four-run eighth inning and the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Tuesday night .
Tampa Bay loaded the bases with one out against Aaron Loup (2-3) before Basabe lined his hit to center. René Pinto followed with a single that produced two more runs.
Randy Arozarena scored for the AL wild-card leader Rays, who began the day 2 1/2 games behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East. The Orioles, who played the Houston Astros, hold the tiebreaker.
Logan O’Hoppe and Zach Neto scored for the Angels, who have lost six in a row.
Los Angeles left fielder Randal Grichuk left with two outs in the ninth after being hit by a high pitch from Shawn Armstrong.
Tampa Bay needed just five pitches to take a 2-0 lead in the first when Yandy Díaz hit a double and Arozarena followed with his 23rd home run off Patrick Sandoval.
Díaz had three hits to increase his batting average from .319 to .323.
O’Hoppe made it 2-1 on a fourth-inning solo homer off rookie Taj Bradley. Neto equalized at 2 against Robert Stephenson (3-4) in the eighth.
Sandoval allowed two runs and five hits in five innings.
Bradley allowed one run and three hits in five innings and saw his winless streak reach 10 starts, dating back to June 27.
It was announced before the game that Angels star Shohei Ohtani had elbow surgery Tuesday, and his doctor said he expects the two-way star to be available as a pinch-hitter during the opening day next season and returns to the mound as a pitcher in 2025.
Ohtani tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on August 23, ending his pitching season. He continued as a hitter until September 3 until he suffered an oblique strain.
MACHINE ON BASE
Los Angeles 1B Nolan Schanuel walked third to reach base in 23 straight games to start his career. This ties Luis Alicea of the St. Louis Cardinals for the fifth-longest streak in the majors since 1961.
Angels: CF Mike Trout (fractured left hamate) accompanied the team on the last road trip of the season and made sharp swings.
Rays: SS Taylor Walls has been reinstated from the paternity list. … RHP Jason Adam (left oblique strain) threw live batting practice.
Rays RHP Aaron Civale (7-3) will face Angels LHP Reid Detmers (3-10) on Wednesday night. Civale is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in eight starts with Tampa Bay since being acquired from Cleveland on July 31. He lasted 5 1/3 innings or fewer in seven of eight outings.
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