All-Star Mike Trout homered, Jered Weaver pitched six innings of one-run ball and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday night.
Trout led off the fifth inning with his 18th home run to put the Angels up 7-0. It was the 157th homer in the career of the 24-year-old center fielder, who moved into sixth place on the franchise list.
With his 100th hit, Trout became the first player to collect 100 hits and 15 home runs before the All-Star break four times before his age-25 season. Miguel Cabrera and Jimmy Foxx are the only other players to have accomplished the feat three times.
Weaver (7-7) struck out five and gave up four hits, including Logan Forsythe’s seventh home run.
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Evan Longoria had three hits for the Rays, who lost for the 18th time in 21 games.
The Angels broke it open with four runs in the third off Rays starter Drew Smyly. After Jett Bandy, Andrelton Simmons and Yunel Escobar loaded the bases with singles, Smyly walked in the first run. Trout bounced into a potential double play, but second baseman Nick Franklin’s relay throw went wild, allowing two more runs to score on the first of three Tampa Bay errors. After Trout stole third base, Albert Pujols made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Smyly (2-10) gave up seven runs, four earned, on eight hits in four innings. The left-hander is winless in nine starts since his last victory on May 16.
Dana Eveland was designated for assignment and Dylan Floro had his contract purchased from Triple-A Durham. Ryan Webb cleared waivers and was released.
Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. was in the starting lineup one day after being pulled Tuesday night for not running hard out of the batter’s box in what turned into a triple after his routine fly ball dropped between two Los Angeles outfielders.
“It was over the second the game was over,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Who: L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay
When: 12:10 p.m., Thursday
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Probable pitchers: Hector Santiago (5-4, 4.93) vs. Blake Snell (1-3, 3.86)
Radio: 620 AM
Tickets: 1-888-FAN-RAYS or at stadium ticket office
Promotion: Cheer sticks for all kids 14 and under while supplies last