Garrett Richards got his fifth win of the season, holding the Rays to three runs in six innings Monday as the Angels earned a 7-3 victory.
The three runs came on a Joey Butler RBI single in the third inning and a Nick Franklin two-run home run in the fourth, accounting for two of the six hits Richards yielded on the evening. He also walked three and struck out four. Richards stands with a productive 3.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 47/24 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. He'll take on the Yankees in a road start next.
Alex Colome lost on Monday against the Angels after giving up five runs in six innings.
Colome was hurt by the long ball, as all five runs came on three home runs. The first was a David Freese homer to left field. The second plated three runs via Mike Trout, and the third was a solo blast from Albert Pujols. Colome allowed nine hits in total while walking three and striking out five. Despite a 5.05 ERA, he's been more good than bad on the mound thus far, but he doesn't have any fantasy value. Colome starts next in Seattle against the Mariners.
Nick Franklin hit his first home run of the season in a losing effort against the Angels on Monday.
Franklin had gone 2-for-29 in his first 11 games since being activated from the disabled list, so it was nice to see him have some success at the dish. He went 1-for-4 on the night.
Mike Trout walked and hit a three-run home run in five trips to the plate Monday, helping the Angels overcome the Rays.
Trout broke a 1-1 tie with his third-inning three-run blast off of Alex Colome. He's up to 13 home runs on the season along with 30 RBI, eight stolen bases, and a .294/.381/.552 batting line. Expect to see him in the MVP award conversation once again at the end of the season.
Albert Pujols crushed a pair of home runs, going 3-for-5 as the Angels topped the Rays on Monday.
Pujols gave the Angels plenty of insurance with his homers. His first, in the fifth inning, extended the lead to 5-3. His second, in the eighth inning, made it 7-3. Pujols -- now with five home runs in his last five games -- has 533 round-trippers in his career, leaving him one short of tying Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all-time leaderboard. Pujols also has 13 homers on the season along with 26 RBI and a .254/.304/.497 triple-slash line.
Mark Melancon kept the Giants off the board in the ninth inning, grabbing his 14th save as the Pirates won 4-3 on Monday.
Melancon sandwiched a pair of ground outs with a strikeout of Brandon Crawford in a 12-pitch frame. Though his velocity still isn't where it was last season, it's a couple MPH above his average for April. Melancon has been scored upon just once in his last 17 appearances, and he's perfect in 12 save opportunities with a 2.63 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.
Neil Walker's two-run double broke a tie and proved to be the deciding factor in Monday's victory against the Giants.
Walker broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run double to left-center off of Ryan Vogelsong. It was his only hit on the evening in four at-bats. Walker's numbers aren't where they have been compared to previous seasons, as he's hitting .263/.324/.392 with only three home runs and 19 RBI.
Ryan Vogelsong yielded four runs (three earned) in six innings, taking his first loss since April 29 in Monday's start against the Pirates.
Vogelsong was strong over the first four innings, but the Pirates broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth thanks to a Neil Walker two-run double. It was one of five hits the right-hander served up while walking two and striking out five. Vogelsong had a terrific month of May, but still has a subpar 4.26 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 43/22 K/BB ratio over 57 innings. He'll try again for his fifth win in a road start versus the Phillies.