Rays beat Angels, move into tie for third place

by Gary Shelton on May 19, 2018 · 0 comments

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Ramos hit two home runs for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Ramos hit two home runs for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Saturday, 2 a.m.

These days, the Tampa Bay Rays are worth staying up late to see.

The Rays won their fifth straight game Friday night, blowing away the Los Angels Angels once again, 7-2. Over the last two nights, the Rays have outscored the Angels, 14-3. They have outhit the Angels 29-9 in two games.

The Rays closed to a virtual tie for third place with Toronto. They also moved to within one game of .500 once again.

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Snell ran his record to 5-3 against the Angels./CARMEN MANDATO

Snell ran his record to 5-3 against the Angels./JEFFREY S. KING

Blake Snell started for the Rays and went 6 2/3 innings. He allowed just four hits and struck out eight to improve his record to 5-3.

"I think he felt a little bit better (than his last start, when he got only 10 outs)," manager Kevin Cash said. "I thought the fastball really came out. His first pitch was 98 mph. I thought there was a problem with the gun, but then he came with 97, 96, 97.

"Any left hander who can navigate through this lineup like he did is having a pretty special night."

Wilson Ramos hit two home runs for the Rays. Brad Miller and Mallex Smith both had three hits, while Joey Wendle, Christian Arroyo, Daniel Robertson and Ramos had two hits.

Ramos also hit the 100th home run of his career. The Rays are 11-0 this season when hitting at least two home runs.

"It's one of the best moments for me in my career," Ramos said.

The Rays play the Angels again today at 9:07 p.m. Sergio Romo will get the first start of his career (588 appearances) against Andrew Heaney.

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