Rays 8, Angels 3

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 19, 2012
Matt Moore shrugged off home runs by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to win his fourth straight decision, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep of the fading Los Angeles Angels with an 8-3 victory on Sunday. Tampa Bay tagged Zack Greinke (1-2) and outscored the Angels 37-14 in the series - the Rays set a team record for runs in a four-game set, erupting right after Seattle's Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game against them. Ryan Roberts hit a two-run homer and Matt Joyce and Carlos Pena also drove in two runs each for the Rays. Tampa Bay won the season series 9-1, its best showing against the Angels in the club's 15-year history. The Angels lost for the 13th time in 18 games overall. Moore (10-7) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out five. The 23-year-old left-hander is 9-2 with a 2.79 ERA over his last 14 starts. Moore beat the Angels 3-0 on July 28 at Anaheim to begin his winning streak. Greinke gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks in six innings and struck out eight in his fifth start for the Angels, who acquired the 2009 AL Cy Young winner from Milwaukee for three prospects. The 28-year-old right-hander has allowed at least four earned runs in four consecutive starts for the first time in his nine-year career. He also dropped a 2-0 decision to the Rays on July 29 in his Angels debut. The Rays grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second when Greinke hit No. 9 hitter Elliot Johnson on the leg with the bases loaded on his first pitch to him. Greinke forced home another run with a two-out walk to B.J. Upton before Joyce capped the burst with a two-run single. Moore had gone eight starts and 56 2-3 innings without allowing a home run until Trout led off the fourth with his 24th. But Roberts responded in the fifth with a two-run shot into the left-field bullpen to extend Tampa Bay's lead to 6-1. It was Roberts' second homer this season and first since July 25 against Baltimore, when he played his first game with the Rays after joining them in a trade with Arizona. Moore gave up two-out singles to Erick Aybar and Vernon Wells in the fifth and appeared to be out of the jam when Bobby Wilson hit a foul pop. Catcher Jose Molina camped under it about 10 feet to the right of the plate, but first baseman Pena collided with him and elbowed him in the head as the ball popped loose, and Pena was charged with the Rays' only error of the series. Molina was checked out by a trainer and allowed to continue. Moore walked Wilson on the next pitch, loading the bases, but Trout flied out. Pujols hit his 28th homer and 473rd of his career in the sixth, putting him two away from tying Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 28th place all-time. Pena drove in the Rays' final two runs with a double in the ninth against Scott Downs. NOTES: The Rays' previous record for runs in a four-game series was 35, done in August 2007 against Oakland. ... Angels starting pitchers were 2-6 with a 7.57 ERA and 13 home runs allowed during their 10-game homestand, forcing an injury-depleted bullpen to eat up 35 1-3 innings. In this series, Greinke, Dan Haren, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson combined to give up 27 earned runs and six homers in 17 1-3 innings. ... Saturday night's 10-8 made the Rays the first visiting team ever to beat the Angels after trailing by at least eight runs. The Halos were 192-0 until then. ... The Angels activated RHP Jordan Walden from the disabled list after he missed 32 games with a biceps strain. He faced four batters in the eighth and struck out three. ... LHP Hisanori Takahashi was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake, leaving Downs as the only lefty in the bullpen. Downs came off the DL Saturday after missing 20 games because of a shoulder strain.
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