ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Vidal Bruján scored an RBI brace topping the 10th inning for his first hit of the season, and the Tampa Bay Rays rebounded from their no-hitter loss with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
A night after rookie Reid Detmers threw the 12th no-hitter in Angels franchise history, Tampa Bay snapped its three-game skid and avoided a series sweep in the final of a road 10 game trip.
The game was a 1-0 pitching duel until the eighth, with Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan barely edging out Shohei Ohtani. McClanahan had a career 11 strikeouts in seven innings on three hits.
Ohtani gave up two hits and two walks in six innings for the Angels, striking out five of 92 pitches in a solid home follow-up to his dominant seven innings at Fenway Park last week.
Pinch hitter Taylor Ward hit an even two-run homer in the eighth for the Angels, whose three-game winning streak ended with just their fifth loss in 18 games. Los Angeles fell to 21-12, failing to match the best 33-game start in franchise history.
Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo homer in the second for Tampa Bay. He scored from the second goal in the 10th when Bruján made a brace on the left of Aaron Loup (0-2). Bruján then stole the third and scored on hitter Harold Ramirez’s single.
Brooks Raley walked pinch hitter Mike Trout with one out in the 10th, but Ward anchored himself in picking a defenseman before Raley hit Brandon Marsh with two runners to wrap up his third save.
JP Feyereisen (3-0) pitched the ninth for the Rays.
Both starting pitchers thrived in the late afternoon shadows of Angel Stadium, which often torments batters who follow the ball through sun and shadow between the mound and home plate.
Kiermaier hit a hanging slider from Ohtani into the right field bleachers in the second, ending Tampa Bay’s 12-inning scoreless skid. The Rays made 36 plate appearances between hits.
Ohtani also got a hit in the field and stole the second in the fourth inning.
Tampa Bay’s Taylor Walls singled, stole the second, went third on a bunt and scored on Yandy Diaz’s pitch in the eighth.
But with Tyler Wade first in the bottom half of the eighth, Ward came off the bench for his first action since Sunday and quickly homered a two-run homer to leave Andrew Kittredge.
Ward’s seventh home run of the season — the Angels’ first successful home run since September 2019 — was the latest feat in the late outfielder’s increasingly impressive campaign.
Angels reliever Jimmy Herget knocked out Francisco Mejia swinging in the seventh inning on a pitch that hit the Tampa Bay receiver in the hip.
Rays: Manuel Margot sat out with a right hamstring injury but the slugger could have played, manager Kevin Cash said. … Wander Franco was Tampa Bay’s designated hitter to give him extra rest.
Angels: Ward has missed the previous two games against Tampa Bay with a hamstring injury.
Rays: After a day off, Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.89 ERA) is expected to take the mound at home for a series opener against Kevin Gausman and Toronto.
Angels: After a day off, Los Angeles travels to Oakland on Friday for the first of four games in three days. The Halos have not announced a starter.
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