Andriese dazzles Angels in victory

Andriese dazzles Angels in victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Andriese won his fourth consecutive decision and Colby Rasmus provided the offense as the Rays defeated the Angels, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

By winning, the Rays (25-25) earned a split of their four-game series with the Angels (25-25).

Andriese continued his mastery over the Angels, allowing no runs on six hits in eight innings to move to 5-1 on the season. He is now 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against the Angels.

"Andriese was outstanding," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "There was one inning where he kind of battled for the feel for what he was trying to accomplish out there, but other than that he settled down and made pretty quick work with efficient innings."

Rasmus had four RBIs on the afternoon, singling home two against Daniel Wright in the bottom of the first then adding two more RBIs in the fifth with a bases-loaded double off Keynan Middleton that scored two to push the Rays' lead to 4-0.

Rasmus gets Rays on the board

Wright, who was making a spot start in place of the injured Alex Meyer, allowed four runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss and move to 0-1 on the season.

"I felt good," Wright said. "Everything felt like it was coming out of my hand well. I got in some pretty good counts, especially in the middle of the outing there. First inning, they got a couple of hits. [Evan Longoria] got one off the end of the bat that fell in, so I kind of had to scramble and hold them to two in the first. Then I kind of got in trouble in the fifth, and they decided to take me out."

Wright fans Kiermaier

Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin, starting in center field, exited the game in the sixth inning with right knee soreness. He said afterward that the move was precautionary, and he hopes to return Friday.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Rasmus Raking: The Rays held a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fifth when Corey Dickerson doubled to lead off the inning. One out later, Longoria walked and Steven Souza Jr. drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Rasmus. The veteran hitter worked the count to 2-1 against Middleton before slapping the ball to center field. Looking spry, Rasmus easily made it to third base standing up. He didn't get a triple, because the ball bounced over the wall before coming back onto the field. But the two-run double came at just the right time as it expanded the Rays' lead to 4-0. More >

Rasmus' two-run double

Souza's Best: In the first inning, Mike Trout tried to score from second base when Andrelton Simmons singled to right. Right fielder Souza fielded the ball quickly and made a throw home. The throw beat Trout by several steps and catcher Jesus Sucre made the tag for the third out. According to Statcast™, Souza's throw to the plate was clocked at 97 mph, his hardest-ever tracked throw. Souza's assist made for a three-run turnaround in the first since Rasmus singled home two in the bottom half of the inning to put the Rays up 2-0.

Rays nab Trout at home

"He was pinching shallow," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Souza. "To get Mike, he's got to put that throw on the money, and he did. Nice play. Nice throw from him."

The Halos struggled with situational hitting after that, finishing 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and closing out the series without scoring a run in their last 17 innings.

QUOTABLE
"Souza bailed me out with a nice throw in the first inning and all day our defense made some great plays." -- Andriese on Thursday's outing

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
In the four-game series, the Rays went 18 consecutive innings without scoring a run, then held the Angels for 17 consecutive innings without scoring a run.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the seventh inning, Kevin Kiermaier attempted to steal second and was ruled safe by second-base umpire Joe West after sliding in just ahead of Juan Graterol's throw to Danny Espinosa. The Angels challenged the call, but the ruling on the field stood following a replay review.

WHAT'S NEXT
Angels: The Angels will make their first ever trip to Marlins Park on Friday when they kick off a three-game series against the Marlins at 4:10 p.m. PT. Right-hander Jesse Chavez (4-5, 4.61 ERA) will take the mound for the Halos in his 10th start of the season.

Rays: Chris Archer (3-3, 3.76) will get the nod Friday when the Rays begin a three-game set at Minnesota in an 8:10 p.m. ET contest. The right-hander struck out a season-high 12 Sunday against the Yankees.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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