ANAHEIM (AP) — C.J. Cron homered and scored two runs against his former teammates, and Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning of the Tampa Bay Rays’ 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Denard Span hit a two-run homer during the Rays’ four-run seventh inning, and Johnny Field added a two-run shot in the eighth as the Rays pushed their longest winning streak of the season to four games.

Mike Trout extended the longest hitting drought of his career to 0 for 19 with four hitless at-bats for the Angels, who have lost five of eight on their 11-game homestand.

Shohei Ohtani hit his sixth homer in the ninth inning, ending a personal 0-for-8 slump and 21 consecutive scoreless innings for the Angels.

Archer (3-3) repeatedly struggled with his control while walking four and hitting Justin Upton with a pitch, yet he limited Los Angeles’ potent lineup to two singles while earning his first victory since April 26.

Tyler Skaggs (3-3) took the hard-luck loss despite limiting Tampa Bay to six hits and one run over six innings while striking out seven and keeping the game scoreless until Cron’s solo shot.

Cron continued his impressive start to his first season in Tampa Bay, leading off the sixth by homering in his third consecutive game. He has reached base in a career-best 23 straight games.

The slugger was the Angels’ first-round draft pick in 2011, and he spent the past four seasons in Los Angeles’ lineup. Cron was traded last February after Ohtani’s arrival eliminated much of his job as a designated hitter and first baseman.

Trout struck out twice while surpassing an 0-for-17 stretch in August 2017 for the longest drought of the two-time AL MVP’s career. Although he has seven walks during his slump, Trout’s struggles are part of an overall …read more

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