Jeremy Hellickson overcame early struggles to pitch six effective innings, Ben Zobrist homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Hellickson (3-0), who held Los Angeles hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position through the second, allowed one run and five hits. Zobrist hit a solo shot off C.J. Wilson (2-2) during a two-run third.
Albert Pujols went 0 for 3, including two strikeouts, extending his hitless streak to 19 at-bats. The Angels slugger has not had a hit in five consecutive starts, which is the longest stretch in his big league career, but did walk in the eighth.
Pujols, with 445 homers, has not gone deep in 18 games this season, a span of 72 at-bats.
Los Angeles got a homer from Vernon Wells. Wilson gave up two runs, six hits, two walks and struck out 11 over seven innings.
Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead in the eighth when pinch-hitter Brandon Allen drew a two-out bases-loaded walk off Jason Isringhausen.