The Associated PressST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Beeks got his first major league win, C.J. Cron had a two-run single and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Thursday.
Beeks (1-1), the second pitcher in a bullpen day, allowed two runs and two hits in five innings. The rookie left-hander, acquired from Boston for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on July 25, gave up eight runs and 10 hits over 3⅓ innings against Baltimore in his Tampa Bay debut Saturday.
Tampa Bay’s Hunter Wood struck out five and allowed one hit over the first two innings. Diego Castillo and Sergio Romo, who worked the ninth for his 13th save, completed a three-hitter.
Angels star Mike Trout didn’t play due to a sore right wrist and is listed as day to day. The center fielder was hurt sliding during a stolen base attempt of third base on Wednesday night.
“I caught my hand,” Trout said. “Kind of weird. Felt like I just jammed it pretty bad. We taped it and tried to do as much as we could during the game (Wednesday). But when I woke up it was pretty sore.”
Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marte had run-scoring grounders in the seventh for Los Angeles, which has lost 20 of 27 away from home after starting off 18-8 on the road.
Meanwhile, Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was out of the lineup for the second straight game due in part to 1B Albert Pujols getting a start as the DH. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and has five hits in his last 37 at-bats.