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Meadows hits 2 HRs, Rays beat sloppy Angels 8-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Austin Meadows hit two homers and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays capitalized on the Los Angeles Angels fielding ineptitude for an 8-3 victory Tuesday night.

Kevin Kiermaier added a two-run double for the defending AL champions, who moved back above .500 with their third straight win. The Angels’ first three errors abetted Tampa Bay’s first four runs in a four-error performance by the majors’ worst fielding team.

Meadows then hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and a three-run shot in the eighth for his second career multi-homer game, his first since April 2019.

Mike Trout hit his eighth homer, and José Iglesias drove in two late runs for the Angels, who have lost three in a row and nine of 13 to fall two games below .500 for the first time this season.

In his second significant league start, Shane McClanahan pitched four scoreless innings of a two-hit ball for Tampa Bay, throwing only 63 pitches before Luis Patino (1-0) came on for the fifth. McClanahan’s 100-mph stuff was still popping, but the Rays have allowed him to go only four innings in each of his first two starts.

Tampa Bay scored two early unearned runs thanks to three errors by the Angels, who have committed 29 errors this season in just 28 games.

Alex Cobb (1-2) struck out eight while yielding two hits and five walks over five innings against his former team but left trailing 2-0 thanks to the Halos’ leaky defense.

Manuel Margot reached on Iglesias’ error in the first inning and scored when David Fletcher booted Brandon Lowe’s groundball single in shallow right field.

In the fourth, Randy Arozarena singled, stole second, advanced on catcher Max Stassi’s wild throw, and scored on Meadows’ groundout.

homered leading off the seventh for the Rays.

Iglesias delivered a two-run single for Los Angeles in the eighth.


Albert Pujols singled in the seventh for his 3,253rd career hit, breaking his tie with Nap Lajoie for 13th place in baseball history. Pujols is two hits behind Eddie Murray for 12th.


Cobb spent his first six major league seasons with Tampa Bay, pitching for current Angels manager Joe Maddon. A few months after Cobb left for Baltimore in 2018, the Rays drafted McClanahan with a compensatory pick – 31st overall – created by Cobb’s departure.


Rays: RHP Michael Wacha went on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring tightness. The Rays activated RHP Collin McHugh, who was out with a back strain.

Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon sat out after bruising his knee with a foul ball Monday night. … LF Justin Upton left before the sixth inning with a bruised knee after fouling a ball off his leg in the fourth.


Rays: Andrew Kittredge (3-0, 1.54 ERA) will make his second start of the season Wednesday for Tampa Bay.

Angels: Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 3.29 ERA) makes his fourth mound start of the season after a two-day delay because he got hit on the right elbow by a fastball in Seattle last Sunday. The two-way star is also expected to strike against the Rays.


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