Los Angeles (65-54) at Tampa Bay (55-64)

Thunder in the Vicinity Currently: St. Petersburg, FL
Temp: 80° F
  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Wed Aug 18, 2004
  • TV: FSFL
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Bartolo Colon will try to continue his dominance of Tampa Bay when the Anaheim Angels and Devil Rays play the middle game of their series at Tropicana Field.

In 10 career starts against the Devil Rays, the hard-throwing right-hander is 6-0 with a 2.49 ERA. In his lone start against Tampa Bay this season, Colon allowed two runs and two hits over seven innings in a 7-2 win on May 8.

Colon had his career-high six-game winning streak snapped on Thursday in a 6-1 loss to Baltimore. Colon allowed six runs, eight hits and walked a season-high six over 5 1-3 innings.

“I don’t have anything to blame it on. My location was bad and my mechanics were fine, I thought,” said Colon, who had a 2.54 ERA during his winning streak. “I just did not spot the ball where I wanted to.”

On Tuesday, Kelvim Escobar allowed five runs and six hits over 4 2-3 innings as the Angels dropped the series opener 8-3.

The Angels, who had won eight of 11 prior to the loss, now trail first-place Oakland by two games in the AL West.

The Devil Rays, meanwhile, snapped their six-game losing streak as 19-year-old B.J. Upton became the first teenager since Aramis Ramirez in 1998 to homer in a major league game.

Upton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 draft, gave the Devil Rays a 2-1 lead in the third inning with an opposite-field shot to right. The homer came in the rookie shortstop’s 39th career at-bat.

“He’s got good power all over,” manager Lou Piniella said. “He’s looking more relaxed.”

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he is impressed with the Devil Rays.

“They’ve got a lot of young talent,” Scioscia said. “They’re young and aggressive.”

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B. Colón NYM vs. M. Hendrickson Bal
18-12 Record 10-15
5.01 ERA 4.81
158 K 87
71 BB 46
1.37 WHIP 1.40