Rays Race To Second Straight Win Over Angels

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ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- For the second straight night, the Tampa Bay Rays used a big fourth-inning output to propel them to victory, as a three-run frame erased a 2-0 deficit en route to a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who was acquired Tuesday in the deal that sent Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his Rays debut to begin the game.  He fell down 1-0 when Kole Calhoun took a hanging breaking ball and deposited it in to the rays touch tank in center field for his 14th home run of the season.

Glasnow would allow just other other hit, a second-inning single by Andrelton Simmons, and a walk in his three innings of work, finishing with five strikeouts. 

Jake Faria, returning from an oblique strain that caused him to miss more than two months, took over to begin the fourth and allowed three straight one-out hits to Justin Upton, Albert Pujols and Simmons that allowed the Angels to take their 2-0 advantage.

But Tampa Bay would rally in the home half of the inning, as Nick Tropeano started by hitting the newest Rays hitter, Tommy Pham, with a pitch.  Joey Wendle's double moved Pham to third, and when Luis Valbuena attempted to throw behind the outfielder after Ji-Man Choi lined to left, the throw ended up going back up the line, and Pham cut the deficit to 2-1.

Willy Adames tied the game as his single scored Wendle, and Mallex Smith broke the tie with a triple into the left-center field gap.

The game remained 3-2 until the sixth, when Adames led off the inning against Tropeano (4-6) with a blast that nearly cleared the seats in left for his fourth home run of the season.

Meanwhile, Faria (4-3) worked nearly through the seventh to earn the victory, his first since May 5.

The Rays put the exclamation point on Wednesday night's game in the eighth, with Mallex Smith drawing a leadoff walk, stealing both second and third base, and scoring on a flare single by Matt Duffy past a drawn-in infield.  Bauers would then set the score with a two-run blast to right-field, his nint hof the year and third in as many games.

Ryne Stanek got Mike Trout to pop out to end the seventh, and Sergio Romo and Jose Alvarado each pitched a perfect inning of relief to finish the game.

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (55-53) vs. Los Angeles Angels (54-55), 1:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage beginning at noon on WDAE with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - RHP Hunter Wood (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

Angels starter - LHP Andrew Heaney (6-6, 3.64 ERA)

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