TAMPA BAY (AP) — Rookie Willy Adames homered and drove in two runs on the day Tampa Bay gave him the regular shortstop job, leading the Rays to a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Adames drove in a run with a two-out single off Angels starter Nick Tropeano in the fourth inning, then scored on Mallex Smith’s triple,
Adames led off the Rays sixth with his fourth home run to make it 4-2.
Jake Bauers added a two-run homer in the ninth for the Rays, his ninth of the season and third in three games.
Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow and left fielder Tommy Pham played in their first game for the Rays a day after being acquired on the interleague trade deadline.
Glasnow, making his first start of the season after 34 relief appearances for Pittsburgh, gave up one run in three innings while striking out five. Pham went 0-for-3 with a hit batsman and a walk.
Jake Faria, pitching for the first time since going on the disabled list with a left oblique strain June 22, got the win in the third relief appearance of his career. Faria (4-3) gave up one run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Kole Calhoun hit the eighth pitch of the game into the fish tank behind the center field wall for the only run off Glasnow. Calhoun’s 14th homer of the season was his 13th since coming off the disabled list on June 18.
Tropeano (4-6) gave up four runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Tampa Bay designated slick fielding SS Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment, clearing the way for rookie Adames to start on a full-time basis. “It had to have been somewhat awkward knowing that we’ve got this defender who we consider as very elite,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “We feel like that situation now has opened up for Willy to go play and have some peace of mind while doing so.”
Mired in a 3-for-25 slump, Shohei Ohtani was out of the lineup Wednesday night. Manager Mike Scioscia said the RHP/DH was benched to get Mike Trout in the DH slot for one game on the artificial turf. Trout has been the DH for 14 of the Angels’ 109 games.
Rays: LHP Blake Snell, out since appearing in the All-Star Game on July 17 due to left shoulder fatigue, is hopeful of returning this weekend after having a second bullpen session. A decision won’t be made until the team sees how Snell responds Thursday.
LHP Andrew Heaney (6-6, 0-4 on the road) will start Thursday’s series finale for the Angels against an unnamed Rays starter.
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