ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Wil Myers never stopped working diligently during his recent slump. Neither did the Tampa Bay Rays during their recent skid.
The rookie slugger and his teammates are both seeing rewards for their persistence heading into the final weeks of the playoff chase.
Myers hit two homers off Jered Weaver, and the Rays kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Myers had never faced Weaver, but he homered on the first pitch he saw from the Angels' longtime ace in the second inning. He homered again in the seventh on Weaver's first pitch after a mound visit, driving a two-run shot into the Rays' bullpen behind left field.
"The only way to get through a slump is to keep hitting," said Myers, who batted just .209 in August after an impressive start to his major league career. "You can't take days off. It's good to be able to help the team like that. Definitely a nice feeling."
Tampa Bay (77-61) stayed 2 games...