All eyes were on Zack Greinke Sunday afternoon, who made his Angels debut after being traded from the Brewers, but Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays stole the show in Anaheim.
The Rays' pitching was absolutely fantastic in this three-game series. They scored just six runs, but somehow managed to take two out of three from a surging Angels ballclub on the road.
The game held scoreless until the top of the sixth, when Matt Joyce broke the tie with an RBI single to make it a 1-0 ballgame.
One inning later, with Greinke still in the game, the Rays extended their lead to two when Carlos Pena scored on a wild pitch.
Those two runs would be enough for the Rays to secure their second consecutive series victory, and another good effort by the Rays' bullpen handed them their second straight shutout over the Angels.
They Rays improve to 53-49 on the season and gain ground in both the AL East and Wild Card race. They currently stand just two games out of a playoff spot and 7.5 games out of the division.
Notable Stat Lines:
- J. Hellickson (W,6-6): 2 H, 0 R, 5 K through 6.0 IP
- M. Joyce: 1-4, RBI
- F. Rodney (S,30): 2 H, 0 BB through 1.0 IP