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Rays Keep Winning Streak Going By Beating Up Angels

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays pounded out 15 hits against Los Angeles Angels pitchers, including the first career four-hit game for Ji-Man Choi and home runs from Manuel Margot and Mike Zunino in a 13-3 victory.

Margot got Tampa Bay on the board in the bottom of the second inning, taking an 0-1 pitch from Angels starter Alex Cobb and back-spinning it into the seats in left for his eighth home run of the season.

Rays starter Shane McClanahan, who cruised through the first two innings Saturday, had a hiccup in the top of the third, as he gave up a double to Juan Lagares to start the inning, then a single to David Fletcher to put runners on the corners, and Shohei Ohtani doubled in Lagares to make it 2-1. After striking out Luis Rengifo, McClanahan then gave up a two-run double to Anthony Rendon to fall behind 3-2.

The left-hander would settle down, throwing three more scoreless innings before departing.

But the Rays rallied back in the fourth, as Randy Arozarena started the inning with a base hit and Choi followed with a single of his own two batters later.  Margot popped out for the second out of the inning, but Joey Wendle picked up his teammate and tied the game with a base hit, bringing in Arozarena.

Brett Phillips followed with a triple to center, bringing in both runners to give Tampa Bay the lead for good, and scored on a wild pitch for added insurance.

The Rays added a run in the fifth on a Choi RBI single, and Zunino made it 8-3 in the sixth with a towering home run to left.

Tampa Bay added five more runs in the seventh, sending 11 men to the plate against Jose Quijada and Junior Guerra.  Choi made it 9-3 with a RBI double off the top of the right field wall, Phillips added a two-run single, while Wander Franco drew a bases-loaded walk, and Arozarena set the score with an RBI single.

Drew Rasmussen pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Louis Head, called up Saturday when Josh Fleming was placed on the injured list, put up zeroes in the eighth and ninth to finish out the game.

Tampa Bay can finish off the sweep of the Angels with a win Sunday afternoon, as Ryan Yarbrough (4-3, 4.59 ERA) gets the start against Patrick Sandoval (2-2, 3.69 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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