Cron homers twice, leads Angels over Rays 13-5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Mike Trout was rested, and Albert Pujols was limited to a single in six at-bats.
That didn't slow the Los Angeles Angels' offense, which scored in double digits for the second time in four game.
C.J. Cron homered twice and drove in four runs, and the Angels overcame another shaky start by Tim Lincecum to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 13-5 on Tuesday night for just their third win in 15 games.
''It's always fun scoring runs,'' Cron said. ''It would be nice if we could maybe string a few in a row, but you take `em when you can get `em.''
Cron had a solo shot off Jake Odorizzi (3-4) during a four-run second and a three-run drive against Enny Romero in a six-run ninth, his second multihomer game in four days. He had six hits, including a pair of homers, in Saturday's 21-2 win at Boston.
Andrelton Simmons had three RBIs, including a two-run double in a three-run sixth.
Reliever Deolis Guerra (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings.
Odorizzi, winless in 10 starts at home this season, gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Rays, who have lost 17 of 20.
''Overall, not a very productive night for any of us,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Nick Franklin gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead in the fifth on a two-run single off Lincecum, who allowed five runs and a career-high tying 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. The ERA of the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner rose to 7.50 in four starts.
''I'm not really where I want to be. I thought I would have ironed some things out by now, but obviously I've been here for a long time and I've got to find my way out of it,'' Lincecum said.
Logan Morrison had a solo shot in a two-run third for the Rays.
The Angels had a couple gaffes early on.
Steven Souza Jr. tripled in the third when his fly ball dropped between outfielders Shane Robinson and Kole Calhoun. Souza scored on Corey Dickerson's infield single.
Souza was replaced by Brandon Guyer in center field to start the fourth. Cash said Souza is not hurt but declined to give specifics.
Souza said he was pulled for not running hard the whole play.
''I think the bottom line is I play hard, but right there I didn't play very hard,'' Souza said. ''I got caught slippin' and took for granted a routine play. Yeah, I got to third, but I could have easily scored if I was running hard. It's a bit embarrassing. I'm not proud of it.''
Franklin went from second to third in the fourth when catcher Carlos Perez was charged with an error for overthrowing Lincecum after a pitch. Franklin was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on Hank Conger's grounder.
TIME OFF FOR TROUT
Trout had his stretch of starting 145 consecutive games end. ''He needs a day,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. Trout, voted to the AL All-Star team Tuesday night, pinch run in the ninth after Robinson was hit in the foot by a pitch and then rolled his ankle at first base.
Rays closer Alex Colome was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and got even better news just the before game time, when Cash informed the right-hander that he became a first-time All-Star.
ALEX IN ACTION
Rays RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) is excited about his first rehab start Wednesday night for Class A Charlotte. ''I've put a lot of work in to this point to try and go see if I can figure out how to be competitive again on the mound,'' Cobb said.
Angels: LF Daniel Nava left in the sixth with a sore knee. . LHP C.J. Wilson has decided to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. ... LF Jefry Marte (bruised left knee) entered in the fifth as a pinch-runner. . C Geovany Soto (right knee) won't return during the series with the Rays.
Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (fractured left hand) will hit in an indoor cage Wednesday and targets a return right after the All-Star break.
Angels RHP Jered Weaver (6-7) and Rays LHP Drew Smyly (2-9) are Wednesday night's starters.