Tampa Bay (76-61) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory Tuesday that evened this four-game set. Moore won his seventh straight decision and improved to 15-3 with 5 1-3 strong innings after missing a month on the disabled list due to left elbow soreness.
The Rays increased their lead in the race for the second AL wild card. They entered Tuesday with a two-game edge over Baltimore, and their closest competitors now are the New York Yankees - 2 1/2 games back.
Hellickson (10-8, 5.21 ERA) isn't physically hurt, but a six-start stretch in which he went 0-5 with a 9.00 ERA caused Tampa Bay to send him to the minors Aug. 27. He was officially with Single-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery during his week away from the Rays in which he didn't appear in any minor-league games.
The move came after Hellickson allowed five runs and matched the shortest start of his career with 2 2-3 innings Aug. 26 in an 11-1 loss at Kansas City.
"I wanted to keep going out there, try and give us a chance to win," Hellickson told the Rays' official website. "I just wasn't doing my job. I don't think it was a bad idea to do this. As much as I want to be out there to help this team win, it's good to take a few days off to clear my mind. It might be a good thing."
Tampa Bay had won seven starts in a row by the right-hander before losing five of the last six. Hellickson may like his chances of bouncing back Wednesday since he is 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA in three starts against the Angels.
Weaver (9-7, 3.30) has yielded one run over 14 innings in winning consecutive starts - part of a 6-2 stretch with a 2.93 ERA in nine outings since the All-Star break.
The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA in eight starts against the Rays.
Los Angeles (64-73) had its five-game win streak snapped Tuesday with four hits one night after finishing with 16 in an 11-2 rout in the series opener.
Angels star Mike Trout will face Hellickson for the first time. Trout is 7 for 18 with four walks and three steals in the season series, with Los Angeles winning three of five.
J.B. Shuck went 0 for 4 on Tuesday as his eight-game streak ended in which he batted .378.
Fellow rookie Wil Myers has cooled off for Tampa Bay although he doubled twice Tuesday in four at-bats to end a 2-for-31 slide.
Ben Zobrist is 3 for 7 with four RBIs in this series, and batting .391 during a 13-game streak against the Angels.
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