ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 on Monday night.
Richards (5-6) gave up a run and two hits while striking out six in the opener of a four-game series. The seven walks matched Richards' total from his previous five starts combined, but the Rays stranded eight runners while he was in the game and 12 altogether.
Ben Zobrist drove in both of Tampa Bay's runs with a first-inning homer and a sixth-inning single. The Rays, coming off a three-game sweep by Oakland, have lost five straight and eight of nine to fall 6½ games behind AL East-leading Boston — their largest deficit since July 7. Just nine games ago, they were tied with the Red Sox.