Collin Cowgill hit a three-run double, one of 11 hits the Los Angeles Angels got against reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price through his first 2⅓ innings, and Jerome Williams ended a streak of eight straight losing decisions in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
The Rays’ ninth loss in 12 games, coupled with Boston’s 9-8 win at New York, dropped Tampa Bay 6½ games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox. Those teams will meet next week in a three-game series at Tropicana Field after the Rays complete their 10-game West Coast trip with three at Seattle.
Williams (6-10) allowed two runs and six hits over 6⅓ innings, struck out seven, and walked two as the Angels earned a split of the four-game series. The righthander was winless in his previous 13 starts with a 6.58 ERA since beating the Orioles, 9-5, at Baltimore on June 12. His eight straight defeats were the most by an Angels pitcher since 1993, when Scott Sanderson was 0-9 in his final 11 starts with the club before being put on waivers.
Price (8-7) was charged with six runs while striking out six. The three-time All-Star lefthander, who won a career-high 20 games last season, has lost consecutive starts for the first time since dropping three in a row from July 20-Aug. 2, 2011.
The Angels built a 6-2 lead through the third, and everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit by then. Price didn’t give up another hit after Kole Calhoun’s RBI single in the third, retiring 14 of his final 15 batters.
The Angels opened the third with five consecutive hits, including a leadoff single by Mike Trout, who was picked off and then thrown out at second. Mark Trumbo and Luis Jimenez both doubled during the rally, and Josh Hamilton had an RBI single. Jimenez scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Grant Green.
Orioles 3, White Sox 1 — Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over seven innings and host Baltimore hit three solo home runs in its victory over Chicago.
Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, and Brian Roberts homered off Jose Quintana (7-6) to provide Baltimore with a much-needed win. The Orioles were coming off a 3-6 road trip that dropped them four games off the pace in the AL wild-card hunt.
Astros 3, Athletics 2 — Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and visiting Houston knocked Oakland out of first place in the AL West. Trevor Crowe singled, doubled, and scored to help the Astros to their third win in the last four games against their division rivals. Oakland had won 11 of the first 12 meetings between the teams.
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2 — Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help Arizona win in San Francisco.
Martin Prado and Aaron Hill also drove in runs for the Diamondbacks, who won their second straight after losing five of their previous six. Miguel Montero added two hits.
Royals 7, Mariners 6 — Mike Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting host Kansas City over Seattle.
Moustakas homered to right on an 0-and-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since 2011.
Reds 6, Cardinals 2 — Todd Frazier hit two homers, including the first of Cincinnati’s three off Lance Lynn, and the Reds recovered from a 16-inning loss by overpowering visiting St. Louis, taking three of four in their final series of the season.
Jay Bruce and Shin-Soo Choo also hit solo homers off Lynn (13-10), who lasted five innings and gave up three homers for only the second time in his career. Frazier also connected off Seth Maness for the third multihomer game of his career.