Tampa Bay 4, An­gels 2

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Mike DiGio­vanna

KEY MO­MENT: In a matchup of for­mer Long Beach State stand­outs, Rays third base­man Evan Lon­go­ria crushed a home run to left-cen­ter field off An­gels right-han­der Jered Weaver to lead off the third in­ning. Lon­go­ria’s sixth homer of the sea­son gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead.

AT THE PLATE: The An­gels threat­ened off Tampa Bay re­liever Kevin Jepsen in the sev­enth in­ning when Kyle Ku­b­itza sin­gled and Johnny Gi­avotella walked with two outs. But Erick Ay­bar, who sin­gled in a run in the third and lined into a dou­ble play in the fifth, grounded out to sec­ond base. The Rays added an in­sur­ance run in the eighth on back-to-back dou­bles by Steven Souza Jr. and As­drubal Cabr­era.

ON THE MOUND: Weaver (4-6) gave up four runs and eight hits in 72⁄ innings, walk­ing three and

3 strik­ing out one. Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) al­lowed two runs and five hits in five innings to earn the win, and re­liev­ers Steve Geltz, Jepsen, Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee com­bined for four score­less innings.

FREESE UP­DATE: Third base­man David Freese, pulled in the sev­enth in­ning Tues­day be­cause of a tight right ham­string, did not start Wed­nes­day but pinch-hit in the ninth, strik­ing out to end the game. He does not ap­pear to be headed to the dis­abled list. “Right now, it looks like some­thing that’s very man­age­able,” Manager Mike Scios­cia said.

ALL IN THE FAM­ILY: The An­gels picked New­port Har­bor High pitcher Jonah Dipoto, son of Gen­eral Manager Jerry Dipoto, in the 38th round Wed­nes­day. “He’s prob­a­bly go­ing to be unsignable,” scout­ing direc­tor Ric Wil­son said, and he wasn’t re­ally jok­ing. Jerry Dipoto said his son will play next year at UC San Diego. “I was a bit un­com­fort­able at first, but will ad­mit to hav­ing been thrilled to hear his name called,” Dipoto said. … The An­gels picked Gan­non (Pa.) Uni­ver­sity right-han­der Aaron Cox, the brother of cen­ter fielder Mike Trout’s long­time girl­friend, Jes­sica Cox, in the 19th round.

EX­TRA BASES: To make room for Ku­b­itza, out­fielder Kirk Nieuwen­huis, who hit .136 in 10 games, was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.

UP NEXT: Right-han­der Gar­rett Richards (5-4, 4.14) will op­pose Tampa Bay right-han­der Alex Colome (3-2, 4.54 ERA) at Trop­i­cana Field on Thurs­day at 4 p.m. PDT. On the air: TV: FS West; Ra­dio: 830.

Chris O’Meara As­so­ci­ated Press

TAMPA BAY’S Steven Souza Jr. and David DeJe­sus cel­e­brate af­ter Souza scored in the eighth.

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