Angels 11, Rays 2

Joe Haakenson, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Erick Aybar led the Angels' 16-hit parade, and Los Angeles kept rolling with an 11-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Angel Stadium.
Aybar had a two-run homer and two-run triple to help lift the Angels to their ninth win in 10 games. Five other Angels had at least two hits against six Rays pitchers, one of whom was outfielder Sam Fuld. Fuld got J.B. Shuck to fly out to center for the final out of the eighth inning, the only batter he faced.
It was the Rays' fifth loss in a row and eighth in nine games. They are holding onto the second wild-card spot in the American League, but just barely: Their lead over the Baltimore Orioles was reduced to two games, and they remained 5 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
Angels starter Garrett Richards (5-6) walked a career-high seven batters, but he allowed only one run and two hits in five innings.
Andrew Romine had three hits for the Angels. Mike Trout had two hits and two stolen bases, and Grant Green hit his first career home run.
Ben Zobrist homered in the top of the first inning, his 11th of the season, but the Angels answered in their half of the first. With two outs and nobody on, Mike Trout singled and stole second (stolen base No. 30 on the season). Josh Hamilton followed with a sinking liner to right field, where Wil Myers made a diving attempt but failed to catch the ball, Hamilton ending up with an RBI double.
In the third inning, Kole Calhoun's two-out, RBI single scored Shuck to give the Angels a 2-1 lead.
The Angels knocked Rays starter Chris Archer out of the game in the fourth inning with a three-run inning, including a two-run homer by Aybar for a 5-1 lead.
Archer (8-6) gave up five runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
NOTES: Hamilton, who had not started the previous three games because of a sore shoulder and a migraine headache, was in the lineup at designated hitter. Entering Monday's game, Hamilton was hitting .338 (26-for-77) over his previous 21 games, raising his season average from .217 to .236. ... Angels 1B Mark Trumbo did not play. Trumbo is homerless in his past 11 games, matching a season high and leaving him stuck on 29 for the season. He hit .158 (6-for-38) in those 11 games. ... Rays 1B James Loney is hitting .363 (78-for-215) on the road this season, the best in the majors. The last player to finish the season with a road average that high was Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, who hit .364 in 2006. ... Rays RHP Fernando Rodney has eight blown saves this season, second most in the majors (Baltimore RHP Jim Johnson has nine) and the most in his career. Rodney, who converted 48 of 50 save opportunities in 2012, has blown three of his past seven chances.

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