ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Austin Meadows hit two homers and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays capitalized on the Los Angeles Angels’ fielding ineptitude for an 8-3 victory Tuesday night.
Kevin Kiermaier added a two-run double for the defending AL champions, who moved back above .500 with their third straight win. Tampa Bay’s first four runs were abetted by the Angels’ first three errors in a four-error performance by the majors’ worst fielding team.
“We’ll take anything right now, but it is encouraging to see the guys not take anything for granted and just put pressure on the defense,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “You want to be viewed as a team that’s constant pressure, and we have the team to do that.”
Meadows then hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and a three-run shot in the eighth for his second career multi-homer game, his first since April 2019. He is the first Tampa Bay player with five RBIs in a game since August 2019, and he had the Rays’ first multi-homer game this season.
Mike Trout hit his eighth homer and José Iglesias drove in two late runs for the Angels, who have lost three in a row and nine of 13 to fall two games below .500 for the first time this year. Los Angeles, which leads the majors with 29 errors in 28 games, hadn’t committed four errors in a game since September 2015.
“We haven’t been good,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re absolutely better than that. You’re talking about three really good defenders making mistakes tonight. I really feel that’s going to go away. I want to believe it’s an anomaly moment. I know we’re better than that.”
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