An­gels 6, Tampa Bay 2

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - — Mike DIGIO­VANNA

AT THE PLATE: The An­gels closed out a rough 2-4 trip to New York and Tampa Bay on a high note, amass­ing 14 hits, 10 of them — and five runs — com­ing off a Rays bullpen that en­tered with a 3.35 earned-run av­er­age. Mike Trout and Al­bert Pu­jols home­red in the same game for the 24th time. Trout, Johnny Gi­avotella and Efren Navarro each had three hits, Navarro look­ing like a player who could take at-bats away from the strug­gling Matt Joyce and C.J. Cron. “We have an idea of what Efren can do — he showed it last year,” Manager Mike Scios­cia said. “He can work some counts. He’s not go­ing to drive the ball like some guys, but as play­ers get op­por­tu­ni­ties and they per­form, they’re go­ing to get more play­ing time.”

ON THE MOUND: Gar­rett Richards re­bounded from the worst start of his ca­reer with a su­perb game, giv­ing up two runs and four hits in seven innings, strik­ing out seven and walk­ing one to im­prove to 6-4 and lower his earned-run av­er­age to 3.97. Richards gave up a two-run homer to Steven Souza in the sec­ond, the first homer he’s ever given up on a 0-and-2 count. He re­tired 17 of the next 19 bat­ters. “The big­gest thing was strike one,” Scios­cia said. “He was in the zone early with some great stuff.” Richards said he worked be­tween starts on “stick­ing my land­ing and fin­ish­ing square,” and he was more ag­gres­sive Thurs­day, at­tack­ing the strike zone and get­ting ahead in counts. “I’ve been search­ing a

lit­tle bit this year, maybe try­ing to do too much at times,” said Richards, who was 2-2 with a 7.91 ERA in his pre­vi­ous four starts. “I’m start­ing to get back to a good, clean de­liv­ery that gives me a chance to throw strikes around the zone. I like the di­rec­tion it’s go­ing.”

RUST RE­MOVER: Setup man Joe Smith, who hadn’t pitched since June 1, struck out two of three in a score­less eighth, and closer Hus­ton Street, who hadn’t pitched since June 3, gave up one hit in a score­less ninth. “They were go­ing to get into the game no mat­ter what,” Scios­cia said. “They needed to pitch, and they got it done.”

RE­HAB RE­PORT: Third base­man David Freese (right ham­string tight­ness) did not play but was avail­able to pinch-hit. “As far as play­ing the field or des­ig­nated hit­ter, we’re not go­ing to have a read on that for an­other day or two,” Scios­cia said. “But he’s mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion, which is good.” … Re­liever Mike Morin (left ribcage strain) is sched­uled to re­sume throw­ing off a mound Fri­day. … Out­fielder Collin Cowgill (right wrist sprain) took bat­ting prac­tice again Thurs­day and could begin a mi­nor league re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion stint by next week.

UP NEXT: Left-han­der Hec­tor San­ti­ago (4-3, 2.55 ERA) will op­pose Oak­land right-han­der Jesse Chavez (2-6, 2.51) at An­gel Sta­dium on Fri­day at 7 p.m. TV: FS West; Ra­dio: 830, 1330.

Chris O’Meara As­so­ci­ated Press

MATT JOYCE scores ahead of the throw to Rene Rivera of the Rays in the sev­enth in­ning.

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