ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Shoemaker and Alex Cobb locked up in an old-fashioned pitching matchup Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
The Angels came away with a 4-0 win over the Rays that featured silent bats and a lot of goose eggs on the scoreboard, thanks to the efficiency and stuff displayed by both pitchers. The Halos have now won eight of their last 11 games to improve to 25-23 on the season. Meanwhile, the Rays have lost three in a row after a four-game winning streak, and have lost five consecutive games to the Angels.
Leading off the first, Cameron Maybin homered to left off Cobb. Mike Trout followed with a homer to left, putting the Angels up 2-0.
"Getting early runs are always important," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As you can see, if you let [Cobb] settle in, he knows how to pitch, and knows what he's doing. He pitched a great game for those guys. You try to get every pitcher early. Tonight, we did with the back-to-back from Cam and Mike to get it started, and we made it hold up."
Tim Beckham's bunt single off Shoemaker with one out in the second served as the Rays' only hit until Logan Morrison doubled off Shoemaker with one out in the seventh.
Cobb made his exit with one out in the eighth with two aboard. Both runners scored to complete his final line that showed four earned runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings to hand him his fourth loss of the season.
Shoemaker allowed no runs in 6 1/3 innings to pick up his fourth win of the season, and extend his winning streak to three games.
The Rays' offense remained in a chilly state. Since scoring twice in the first inning Monday night, the Rays have gone 17 innings without scoring, and scattered just seven hits in that stretch. Based on the power-hitting offense the Rays have this season, manager Kevin Cash said the offense would be prone to dips in production.
"I think that's fair," Cash said. "We're going to have some quiet nights. We're going to run into some pitchers who are going to cause some issues and blank us. But we have to find a way to limit those. There's a lot of good pitchers in this league. But this lineup can hit."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Back-to-back and barreled: Maybin and Trout hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, the third time that has happened for the Angels this season. Both homers were barreled balls, and each traveled 416 feet according to Statcast™. Maybin's had a 105.2-mph exit velocity with a 22-degree launch angle, while Trout's had a 107.8-mph exit velocity with a 21-degree launch angle.
Trout's 15 home runs are currently tied with the Yankees' Aaron Judge for most in the American League. His long ball off Cobb was career No. 183, passing Troy Glaus for fourth in franchise history.
Petit to the rescue: After Morrison doubled off Shoemaker with one out in the seventh, Beckham walked before Colby Rasmus singled off the right-field wall to load the bases and give the Rays their best scoring opportunity. Scioscia opted to make a change, calling to the bullpen for the right-handed Petit to face Souza, who would eventually swing and miss a curveball to strike out on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. That brought Norris to the plate. After the count reached 2-2, Petit returned to the curveball, striking out Norris swinging to end the inning.
"Petit was absolutely huge in that situation," Shoemaker said. "Picking me up, picking the team up. Getting those next two outs to keep the game where it was, that was huge."
"This one is difficult for me. One of the more frustrating games when I left, but I'm sure tomorrow I will see some positives." -- Cobb
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The Rays allowed back-to-back homers to start a game for the second time in club history (April 6, 2003, against the Yankees).
WHAT'S NEXT Angels: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco will take the mound for the Angels on Wednesday in the third game of their four-game series with the Rays at 4:10 p.m. PT at Tropicana Field. Nolasco is 3-6 with a 6.57 ERA in nine career starts against Tampa Bay.
Rays:Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 3.00) will make his third start of the season, and second since returning to the rotation, in the 7:10 p.m. ET contest. Ramirez has averaged 12.7 pitches per inning in his two starts this season.