ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields and Devil Rays manager
Joe Maddon each got a special win.
Shields scattered seven hits over six innings to get his first
major league victory, leading Tampa Bay over the Los Angeles Angels
4-0 Monday night.
Shields struck out six and walked two in his second career
start. The Angels had at least one runner reach base in all six
innings against the right-hander, and stranded 12 runners total.
"I had to battle in almost every inning," said Shields, who
threw 103 pitches. "But our team scored some runs and I kept us in
the ballgame. That's what it's all about."
Maddon, in his first year with Tampa Bay, faced his old team for
the first time and got ejected for the first time this season.
"I was in a pretty good mood up until that moment," Maddon
Tampa Bay took advantage of two errors to take a 2-0 lead in the
first. Julio Lugo led off with a walk and was running toward second
when Carl Crawford drew a walk on a full-count pitch. Angels
catcher Mike Napoli made an errant throw to second that wound up in
center field, where Chone Figgins then had the ball get past him.
"The physical errors and getting compounded with Figgie not
really busting to get that ball put us in a tough situation,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We talked about it. It's not
the way we need to go about it. It's not like Figgie. It's been
Lugo scored and Crawford reached third. Jonny Gomes drove in
Crawford with a sacrifice fly.
Joey Gathright added a two-run double in the seventh and Tyler
Walker got the final four outs for his 10th save.
Los Angeles starter Jeff Weaver (3-8) gave up four runs and
seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
"It was a tough night for all of us," Weaver said. "It's
something we have to put behind us. We're playing a lot better
baseball than the way it was today."
Los Angeles, which finished with 11 hits, lost for the fourth
time in 12 games. Tampa Bay became the first team to record a
shutout while allowing at least 11 hits since Kansas City beat
Minnesota 1-0 win on Aug. 31. The Royals gave up 13 hits in that
Maddon's third career ejection came in the fifth.
Third base umpire Doug Eddings ruled that Gathright swung on an
inside pitch as he jumped backwards away from the plate. Maddon
came a few steps out of the dugout, voiced his disagreement toward
plate umpire Paul Schrieber, who threw the manager out.
"It was just one of those flash things and you just do it,"
Maddon said. "We've had a lot of close calls go against us and I
just thought I had to make a statement. That's all."
Maddon spent 31 years in the Angels' organization, including the
previous 12 seasons on the major league staff.
"Walking into the building today it was a little bit
different," Maddon said. "It was a little more exciting, eager,
those kinds of things."
Maddon arrived at the ballpark early and spent time talking with
members of his former team, including Scioscia. Maddon spent six
years as Scioscia's bench coach.
"Our relationship at first was really professional because we
really didn't know each other," Scioscia said. "We're friends
now. Our professional relationship is secondary. He's a terrific
guy. We hit it off and we're very, very close."
Tampa Bay 2B Jorge Cantu (left foot) is expected to be
activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. RHP Chad Orvella
would be sent to Triple-A Durham as the corresponding move. ...
Crawford sat out the previous three games with stiffness in his
left knee. ... Angels SS Orlando Cabrera walked in the third. He
tied Chili Davis' team record (1995) of reaching base on a walk,
hit or hit by pitch in 36 consecutive games.