Angels 12, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Ervin Santana insists he doesn’t draw extra motivation from facing another team’s top pitcher.
“I don’t care who is pitching for the other team,” Santana said after leading the Los Angeles Angels over Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-2 Tuesday night. “He has to do his job, and I have to do mine.”
Santana allowed two hits in seven innings and Vladimir Guerrero drove in two runs with a pair of singles for the Angels, who turned a close game between two of the best young pitchers in the American League into a rout by scoring 10 runs after the fifth inning.
“We beat a heck of a pitcher,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s got great stuff, and we were fortunate to get some runs off him and give Ervin a chance to settle in and pitch.”
Jose Molina went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored three runs for Los Angeles, which took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning and finished with a season-high 17 hits.
Guerrero had RBI singles in the first and sixth. Juan Rivera’s seventh-inning single off reliever Travis Harper drove in the last two runs charged to Kazmir, who allowed seven runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.
“It was a rough one,” Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Kazmir wasn’t at his best, and their guy was.”
The right-hander’s wild pitch enabled Crawford to score in the first, and Lugo was the only other baserunner to get past first against the Angels starter — advancing to second on a wild pitch in the sixth.
“The wild pitch could have set him off on the bad foot, but he regrouped and just pitched a terrific game,” Scioscia said. “He used all of his pitches well. … That’s a big game for him.”
Santana struck out seven and walked one before being replaced by Brendan Donnelly, who allowed Tampa Bay’s third hit—Joey Gathright’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth. Crawford singled off J.C. Romero and scored on Ty Wigginton’s groundout in the ninth.
“I had everything going,” said Santana, who stopped a two-game losing streak. “I was concentrating a little bit more to keep the ball down because I know here the ball runs a lot.”
Kazmir, who entered the game with a 14-inning scoreless streak at home, has lost two straight decisions after winning five in a row. He’s given up 16 runs in 13 2-3 inning over three starts after limiting opponents to two or fewer runs in each of the victories during his winning streak.
“You’ve just got to let it go, keep working hard and get better,” Kazmir said.
Orlando Cabrera doubled in the sixth to set an Angels record by reaching base in 37 consecutive games. He added an RBI single in the seventh and another single in the eighth to finish 3-for-5.
Adam Kennedy drove in two runs for Los Angeles with singles off Kazmir in the second and Harper in the eighth.
The Angels added three runs in the ninth on Chone Figgins’ two-run homer and an RBI single by Molina.
After the game, the Devil Rays reinstated CF Rocco Baldelli (hamstring) from the 15-disabled list and optioned Gathright to Triple-A Durham. Baldelli missed all of last season because of knee and elbow injuries. … Chili Davis reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 36 straight games in 1995 for the Angels. … Devil Rays 2B Jorge Cantu, sidelined since late April with a fractured left foot, was activated from the disabled list and went 0-for-4. … Tampa Bay selected Long Beach State 3B Evan Longoria with the third overall pick in Tuesday’s baseball draft and quickly signed him to a contract. He could report to Single-A Visalia by the middle of next week.