Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Forsythe's two-run single caps rally as Rays beat Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Rays certainly did a few things wrong Saturday night. But then they did a few things right, too, and it paid off with a 4-2 win over the Angels.

Logan Forsythe's two-out single scored two to cap an eventful ninth-inning rally as the Rays won their third straight and got back to .500 at 14-14.

"We did some things that we could have done better,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "And we did catch some breaks. But sometimes to win some ballgames you've got to catch some, and we got 'em tonight.''

The biggest came in the early stages of the rally that a couple times nearly turned into a bust.

Steven Souza Jr. got them started with a leadoff single off Joe Smith, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia made a gusty and correct call on a 2-1 pitchout, forcing Souza to stop in his tracks and head back to first. In retreating, Souza ended up perfectly positioned to get hit in the back of the next by Andrelton Simmons' throw, which led to him advancing to second anyway.

Souza, who hit a game-tying two-run homer earlier, insisted he was "honestly" just trying to "make a baseball play" and get back to the base. Simmons gave him more credit for positioning himself in the throwing lane. "He did some smart baserunning right there,'' Simmons said.

Either way, rather than an out, the Rays had the go-ahead run on second.

"We did catch a break on the Souza play,'' Cash said. "What a call on a 2-1 pitchout. I don't know that I would do that, but man it worked. I'm saying that as a compliment. Shocked all of us. Then we got lucky — the guy threw the ball right in his back and he advances.''

After a Logan Morrison walk, Desmond Jennings continued his miserable stretch. Walking to the plate with just one hit in his last 30 at-bats, he couldn't even make a good out, failing to get down a proper bunt, allowing the Angels to get Souza at third.

Kevin Kiermaier battled back from an 0-2 count to ground into a force at second, putting runners on the corners with two outs. Curt Casali worked a full-count walk to flip the lineup to Forsythe, who took it from there, continuing a hot streak that has him hitting .379 over his last 17 games.

"Logan has been doing it all year for us it seems like,'' Cash said.

After six solid innings from starter Jake Odorizzi, who ended up with his MLB-most sixth no-decision, Every Day Erasmo Ramirez came on to work the next two innings and earned his sixth win, second most in the AL. Alex Colome finished for his eighth save.

"That's a team win right there,'' Souza said. "Nothing better than coming together in the 9th like that. That was awesome.''

Souza then offered an interesting analogy of how the Rays rallied:

"A bunch of rats, just scrapping away.''

Not getting a break factored in Souza tying the game.

After the Angels took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on some small ball and shaky defense, the Rays had one on and one out in the sixth when Souza tried to coax a ball four call from home plate umpire Dan Bellino on a 3-1 pitch. "We were all trying to get ball four,'' Cash said.

Instead, it was strike two. And then Souza hit the next pitch over the leftfield fence, for his team-leading seventh homer.

"I love that call,'' Cash joked. "Sometimes you have to get some breaks.''

And Saturday night, they sure did.

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