ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Given one more chance to extend his hitting streak to 23 games,
made sure he got his bat off his shoulder.
''I told myself as I was walking to the plate that if it's out over the plate, I'm going to swing at it, and that's what it
was,'' he said Wednesday night after his ninth-inning infield single gave the
Los Angeles Angels
a 5-4 victory over the
Tampa Bay Rays
''Sometimes I have to do that because I'll get too picky up there and not swing and not be myself.''
Anderson struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh - taking three called strikes as the Angels wasted an opportunity
to break open a one-run game - but wouldn't repeat the mistake against submariner
after the Rays tied it 4-all on
's eighth-inning RBI double off
was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out in the ninth. After
grounded into a force play at the plate, Anderson hit a sharp grounder that second baseman
was unable to backhand cleanly moving to his right.
The play initially was ruled an error. It was changed to a hit, keeping Anderson's streak alive, after the Angels asked the
official scorer to review it.
''That's not a routine play because he did a good job to get in front of it and knock it down. That would have been a terrific
play if he could have made it,'' Los Angeles manager
said. ''He's got to dive and knock a ball down and get an out all at the same time.''
The run was charged to
(3-2), who walked
to begin the inning before giving up a one-out single to
on a routine fly ball that fell in front of left fielder
Ruggiano, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement, said he pulled up short of the ball, not wanting to take
a chance on it getting past him.
''That was definitely a break to move that inning along,'' Scioscia said. ''A timely break.''
pitched the ninth for the Angels for his major league-leading and club- record 48th save. He broke his own team mark of 47
(2006) and is on pace for 62 saves, which would shatter the major league mark of 57, set by
Chicago White Sox
settled down after allowing three runs in the second, limiting the Rays to five hits and matching a career high with nine
strikeouts in six innings before entrusting a 4-3 lead to the bullpen.
Los Angeles squandered a couple of chances to break the game open, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth against right-hander
and the seventh when left-hander
had a two-run triple and
also drove in runs off Rays Garza for the Angels, who won for the first time in six tries at Tropicana Field this season.
Despite the loss, Tampa Bay retained its 4 1/2-game lead over second-place Boston in the AL East.
''You're going to lose some tough ones, but what really matters is what you do after that,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
''They beat us tonight, but we had our opportunities to win the game, too. Again, it just indicates we are making progress.''
The victory cooled the Rays, who have won nine of 12, and enabled Los Angeles to nudge back ahead of Tampa Bay for the best
record in the American League at 77-48.
The Rays scored three runs with two outs in the second after Angels third baseman Figgins was unable to get to
' foul ball that didn't quite reach the stands up the left-field line.
Gross singled to right two pitches later, driving in
, who drew a throw to the plate that allowed Gross to move up to second base.
followed with a RBI single, then
tripled to left-center to make it 3-0.
The Angels countered with a four-run third against Garza, who was coming off a two-hit shutout over the
Figgins doubled to drive in the first run, Aybar followed with his two-run triple and Teixeira put Los Angeles ahead 4-3 with
a RBI grounder that scored Aybar.
Notes: Rays LF
, on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing surgery to correct a tendon problem in his right middle finger, returned to
St. Petersburg from his home in Phoenix and will see a therapist on Thursday. He hopes to return before the end of the regular
season. He said he's not surprised the team has continued to win with him, 3B
on the DL. ''We've been winning like that all year long without certain guys in the lineup,'' Crawford said. ''The team is
not built for one person to make it win. It's a team effort.'' ... Weaver fanned nine in a game for the fourth time in his