MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 351
Tampa Bay3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 4101
  W: C. McHugh (2-1)   L: J. Suarez (2-1)   S: D. Castillo (12)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 25, 2021
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 7,909

Rays, Angels seek momentum as series begins

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Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Tampa Bay swept a four-game series in Anaheim from May 3-6, outscoring the Angels 26-10. The Angels haven't won a season series against the Rays since 2014 and it won't happen this year, with this three-game set being the teams' final series meeting of 2021.
  2. The Angels have been going up and down since June 7 (won six, lost three, won three, lost three). They have given up at least three runs in each of their last 12 games, tied for the longest active streak in the majors (Royals).
  3. The Rays have won back-to-back games after losing a season-high seven straight (longest losing streak since 2018). Despite a winning record at home (21-15) they don't hit so well at Tropicana Field: they hit .219 at home with 35 HR compared to .233 with 56 HR on the road.
  4. David Fletcher has hit safely in nine straight games and it batting .531 (17/32) in that time period. He is hitting .317 home this season, but only .258 on the road. Last season it was the opposite when he hit .293 at home and .343 on the road.
  5. Randy Arozarena has just three hits in his last six games (3/23) and all came in the June 22 game against the Red Sox. He hit .340 (17/50) in the 12 games prior to this stretch, with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI.
  6. Griffin Canning has allowed three runs combined in his last two starts (11.2 IP) after allowing three or more runs in each of his previous three starts. Andrew Kittredge has 27 appearances this season with three starts. He has allowed two or more earned runs in a game just once in the last two seasons (2 ER on July 29, 2020 at Braves).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/25/2021 thru 6/27/2021

A pair of scuffling squads look to gather some momentum as the Tampa Bay Rays oppose the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a three-game weekend series on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Los Angeles has lost three consecutive games and six of nine overall. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay had dropped a season-high seven in a row before salvaging the final two of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.

A 1-0 win Thursday in the series finale moved the Rays a half-game ahead of Boston atop the American League East standings.

Manuel Margot scored the lone run for Tampa Bay on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning. The Rays had just two hits on a night when Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta departed following 6 2/3 hitless innings.

"Odd way to win a ballgame, but we'll take it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "To win a close ballgame does feel good. We've lost our share here lately of close ones, and it's nice for the guys to feel a win afterwards."

The Angels took the first three of four at home against the Detroit Tigers from June 17-19 before a 5-3 loss in 10 innings on Sunday. Los Angeles then dropped both games in a two-game home set against the San Francisco Giants, falling 5-0 on Tuesday and 9-3 in 13 innings on Wednesday.

Shohei Ohtani pitched six innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts on Wednesday to help the Angels force extra innings in a 1-1 tie. After the Giants scored in the top of the 12th, the Angels answered with a run to extend the game before coughing up seven runs in the 13th.

"I'm really pleased with our guys. I mean, that was a tremendous effort from beginning to end," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "We have to get better in situations, obviously, against good teams, and you've got to take advantage of those moments, and we did not."

Tampa Bay will send right-hander Andrew Kittredge (5-1, 1.27 ERA) and left-hander Josh Fleming (6-4, 3.59) to the mound Friday. Kittredge will open, and Fleming will be the bulk reliever.

Fleming has allowed five runs in two of his past three outings, including a 6-5 extra-innings loss at Seattle on Saturday. He allowed seven hits and walked two while punching out five in 6 1/3 innings.

The 25-year-old has faced the Angels once this season, tossing five innings of three-run ball on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in an 8-3 win on May 6.

Los Angeles will start right-hander Griffin Canning (5-4, 5.07 ERA), who is coming off a pair of solid starts. He has allowed just three runs while striking out eight over his past 11 2/3 innings. Canning gave up two runs on three hits in a five-inning no-decision at Oakland on June 16.

The 25-year-old has faced the Rays just once in his career. He gave up four runs on six hits while striking out seven in a 6-5 loss at Tampa Bay in his rookie season on June 16, 2019.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 25, 2021

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