ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) --
turned a potentially tough decision for manager
into an easy one.
Glaus recorded his sixth career four-hit game, including a three-run double in the eighth inning, as the
posted a 7-2 victory over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Hitting second in the batting order for the first time this season, Glaus made the most of the opportunity, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. His final hit capped the scoring and created a non-save situation for the Angels, who placed closer
on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury following Friday's 3-1 loss.
Before Glaus doubled down the left field line, Scioscia did not have anyone warming up in the bullpen behind lefthander
, who pitched the eighth. But after Glaus' hit,
was called on to pitch the ninth with a comfortable lead.
Glaus registered his first four-hit game since April 30, 2002 and concluded one of his best weeks of the season. He had base hits in the first and fifth and scored the go-ahead run on
's single in the fifth, which snapped a 2-2 tie.
In the seventh, Glaus extended the lead to 4-2 with his fifth homer in the last seven games and 11th of the season.
The 2002 World Series MVP then turned the contest into a rout when he followed singles by
and a walk to
with the double. Of his last 11 hits, nine have been for extra bases.
"I've been getting good pitches to hit," Glaus said. "Fortunately, I haven't missed. Hitters want to be ahead in the count, get a pitch over the plate and put a good swing on it. I've been able to take advantage of some pitches that last month I would have fouled off."
Scioscia said that various matchups will dictate who gets the save opportunities. But thanks to Glaus' big day, that decision was put on hold Saturday.
"We're going to go with who is fresh and with matchups," Scioscia said. "If we can get a matchup that is in our favor, then we are going to go with it.
"You absorb a loss like Percy (Percival) with offense. It's obviously going to help if we can swing the bats to give those guys on the mound some breathing room."
(3-4) got the win after allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings. The righthander won for the second time in three starts, striking out four without a walk but hitting two batters.
"John has been throwing the ball better," Scioscia said. "He has had better command. Command isn't throwing the ball over the middle of the plate so you don't walk a guy. If you do that, it's going to get hit hard. John has been doing both, limiting his walks and making pitches."
(3-4) had little to celebrate on his 24th birthday. The lefthander surrendered three runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out three in falling to 0-4 lifetime against Anaheim.
It also marked the second straight start Kennedy failed to last past the fifth inning.
"He gets himself into fastball counts with inconsistency," Tampa Bay manager Lou Pinella said. "I think we maybe expect too much of him."
The Angels chased Kennedy with three singles and a walk to start the fifth.
Glaus led off with a base hit and took second on a walk to
. Kennedy retired
but fell behind
before the Anaheim first baseman loaded the bases with a single.
After Spiezio's go-ahead hit,
entered and got pinch hitter
to bounce into an inning-ending double play before working a perfect sixth inning. But Glaus opened the seventh by crushing a 3-1 offering over the right field fence for a 4-2 cushion.
Tampa Bay's runs came on an RBI single by rookie
in the third and a wild pitch by Lackey in the fifth.