Well, welcome back, Evan Longoria.
And welcome back to the Tampa Bay Rays’ style of winning.
Both of them were familiar sites Wednesday night as the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anahem, 4-2, at Tropicana Field. For Longoria, he started for the first time in four games and hit his sixth home run of the year to snap a tie in the third inning.
But for the Rays, the key element was the pitching formula that has carried them through recent seasons. Starter Erasmo Ramirez got the win, his fifth in the last six starts, but a bullpen that shut down the Angels for the game’s final four innings also had a say about it. Jake McGee, last year’s closer, finished it off for the Rays for his first save of the year.
The Rays scored twice in the second on a forced out and a single by Joey Butler. They got their final run on doubles by Steven Souza Jr. and Asdrubal Cabrera.
The series concludes today when Alex Colome starts against Garrett Richards at 7:10 p.m.