Hitless in his previous two games, Wade Boggs got a little help Wednesday night.
He had his 12-year-old son, Brett, pick out a lucky bat.
It must have worked, as Boggs went 3-for-4 to move within eight hits of 3,000 in Tampa Bay's 4-1 win over Anaheim. The Angels have lost 12 of 13.
"To get into the single digits being stuck at 11 was nerve-wracking," Boggs said.
Boggs was 0-for-6 in his last two starts, and only 4-for-30 in his previous 10 games.
"I'm enjoying the ride. It's etched in your memory. It's a blast," he said.
Boggs singled in the second, fifth and seventh innings for his 220th three-hit game.
Tampa Bay begins a six-game road trip to Oakland and Seattle on Friday night. Regardless, look for Boggs to go for No. 3,000 at home.
"There's a real good chance it will happen at home," Devil Rays manager Larry Rothschild said. "I make out the lineup card."
The Angels scored in just four of 27 innings during the series.
"We've been watching this for about three months, so it's not fun anymore," Anaheim first baseman Mo Vaughn said.
"I'm happy for Wade Boggs," he added. "I hope he gets it sooner than later. That will be a tremendous thing for that organization for him to be abl to do that."
Jack McDowell (0-2), making just his second start following right elbow and shoulder surgery, allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Boggs singled in the seventh and took second when Aaron Ledesma singled to snap an 0-for-16 slump.
and 29 hits in 19 1-3 innings during his last four starts.
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