Pepiot shuts down Angels in victory

by Gary Shelton on April 19, 2024

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Rosario stayed hot in win./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

A few more of these, and perhaps the fans of the Tampa Bay Rays won’t miss Tyler Glasnow quite so much.

Ryan Pepiot, who came to the Rays in the Glasnow shed-his-salary trade, was masterful Thursday in a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Pepiot went six innings and gave up just three hits to an Angels’ team that had dominated the Rays’ pitchers in the four-game series.

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Pepiot gave up only one run — and that came in the sixth when Mike Trout walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly.  Pepiot struck out seven. He shut down an Angels’ order that scored 18 times in the first three games of the series.

The Rays managed just five hits off beleaguered Angels’ starter Griffin Canning — two each by Yandy Diaz and Amed Rosario.

Tampa Bay scored twice in the first inning and made it stand up. Rosario tripled in one run, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Harold Ramirez.

The Rays got three shutout innings of relief from Garrett Cleavinger, Phil Mason and Colin Poche.

Tampa Bay now travels to New York to face the Yankees at 7:05 p.m. The Rays have not announced a starter.n New York will start Clark Schmidt.

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