Rays come from behind in victory over Angels

by Gary Shelton on August 25, 2022

in general

Thursday, 4 a.m.

Sometimes, you can win a sword fight with paper cuts.

Ask the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who are left this morning to contemplate their own blood. And wonder just how another game slipped through their fingers.

The Rays scored two runs on two ground balls, another on a fly ball and, yes, a double late in Wednesday night's game, pulling out a 4-3 victory in 11 innings.

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Tampa Bay won despite getting just five hits, overcoming an error that cost them a run in the 10th, yet another Mike Trout home run and a night where they stranded 10 men on base.

Yet, the Rays won, scratching and running their way in the late going. Three times, they came from behind with efforts like these:

-- In the bottom of the eighth, down 1-0, the Rays tried the score when Yandy Diaz had his second hit. Jose Siri came in to run and promptly stole second. He went to third on a ground out, then scored on Harold Ramirez' sharp grounder to second with the infield in.

"They did everything right," Cash said. "He (Siri) was just better."

-- In the bottom of the 10th, down 2-1, the Rays scored on deep fly balls by Isaac Paredes and Taylor Walls In the top of the inning, Walls had thrown low to Paredes to allow the Angels to score.

-- In the bottom of the 11th, down 3-2, Harold Ramirez -- his new nickname is "Barrell" -- doubled to left to tie the game. He scored when David Peralta hit a chopper to first base. Jared Walsh rushed his throw to the plate and threw wide as Ramirez scored.

The Rays have now won 10 of their last 12 games, and their two losses came in extra innings.

“Isaac and Taylor did a nice job bouncing back from that inning,” Cash said. "Fly ball to get Frankie over and Walls another. I know they were both frustrated, but I’ll take Taylor Walls getting that play probably over any shortstop in baseball."

The Rays got a fine outing from starter Shane McClanahan, who went six innings and allowed just four hits while striking out nine. The Rays couldn't get him a run however.

Tampa Bay plays the Angels again today at Tropicana Field (1:10 p.m.). Drew Rasmussen will start for the Rays against Patrick Sandoval." 

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