The Angels and Tampa Bay Rays each entered Monday’s series opener with 23 wins and 23 losses. They are .500 ballclubs, flawed but capable.
Predictably, their first of four games swung on the tiniest of margins: a wild pitch. The Angels were the beneficiaries of the decisive mistake in a 3-2 victory at Tropicana Field, scoring the winning run in a four-walk, no-hit inning.
“In a tight ballgame, walks can define some things,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “They did tonight.”
Cameron Maybin led off the game with an infield single, stole second, and took third when Derek Norris threw the ball away. Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena walked, and Albert Pujols popped out. Andrelton...