Arozarena’s Homer Lifts Surging Rays to 2–1 Win Over Angels

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
August 22, 2022 Updated: August 23, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Randy Arozarena hit a tie-breaking home run in the fifth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 2–1 on Aug. 22.

Jeffrey Springs pitched effectively into the sixth inning for the Rays, who have won eight of 10 and moved a half-game ahead of Toronto and Seattle in the AL wild-card race.

Arozarena hit his 17th homer of the season, and fifth in 12 games, off Tucker Davidson (2–4) after Mike Trout had tied the game in the fifth with an RBI single.

Springs (6–3) gave up one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven. Three of the Angels’ hits came in the fifth inning, including Trout’s two-out single.

Shawn Armstrong pitched the ninth to earn his first save for the Rays.

Davidson gave up two runs on six hits in five innings for the Angels, who have lost six of seven. Los Angeles struck out 12 times and left nine men on base.

Shohei Ohtani fanned in a pinch-hit appearance with two men on in the sixth. The AL MVP and two-way star left his mound start at Detroit on Sunday after four innings because of a stomach virus.

David Peralta, Yu Chang and Arozarena each had two of Tampa Bay’s seven hits.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout connects for an RBI single off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs during the fifth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Aug. 22, 2022. (Chris O’Meara/AP Photo)

Trainer’s Room

Rays: RHP Nick Anderson (right elbow surgery) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Durham.

RHP Phoenix Sanders was designated for assignment to make room for Anderson on the 40-man roster.

Up Next

LHP Jose Suarez (4–5, 4.12 ERA), who pitched 5 1/3 perfect innings on Aug. 16 before taking a loss to Seattle, will pitch for the Angels on Tuesday night against Corey Kluber (7–7, 4.33).

By Dick Scanlon