ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP)
struggled with more than his fastball control. The Angels right-hander also overcame humidity inside the domed Tropicana Field.
Weaver allowed two runs over six innings to win his third consecutive start and Los Angeles beat the
Tampa Bay Rays
4-3 on Tuesday night.
''I was down in the bullpen warming up and they said the temperature is 72 degrees and I was like 'no way it's 72 degrees
in here,''' Weaver said. ''I was sweating. It probably got to me a little bit. I changed my shirt and jersey in about the
third or fourth (inning).''
Weaver (6-2) gave up five hits, four walks and struck out six. The right-hander has been touched for four runs over 21 innings
in his last three outings.
''I was able to locate my pitches when I needed to,'' Weaver said. ''It was just one of those games where it didn't feel right
and I had to battle.''
Weaver's four walks were a season-high.
''It was weird,'' Los Angeles manager
said. ''I know we're inside, but it seems like the humidity keeps creeping in here. He was tired. He wasn't as sharp as he's
been, but he had enough to finish out the sixth.''
had an RBI single during a two-run first.
pitched the ninth, which included a game-ending double play by the speedy
, for his AL-best 16th save in 19 opportunties.
hit solo homer and finished with two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost three in a row following a four-game winning streak.
(5-5) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings.
''It's very uncharacteristic for us. We need to start making plays,'' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. ''There were so many
things that could have gone our way that did not go our way.''
Guerrero hit a run-scoring single and
had an RBI grounder to put Los Angeles ahead 2-0 in the first. Rivera has four RBIs in last two games.
opened the fifth with an opposite-field triple off the right-field wall - which was confirmed after a video review by the
umpires - and scored on
sacrifice fly that extended the Angels advantage to 3-0.
Tampa Bay got within 3-2 in the sixth on an RBI grounder by Zobrist and
's sacrifice fly.
ended Shields' night with an RBI double with one out in the seventh that gave the Angels a 4-2 lead.
The Rays loaded the bases - on a pair of hit batters and an intentional walk- against
in the seventh, but failed to score when
hit a hard liner that first baseman
turned into a double play.
''We were fortunate,'' Scioscia said. ''We gave them a lot of baserunners. The ball Pena hit, obviously, was a momentum changer.''
Zobrist made it 4-3 on his 12th home of the season during the eighth.
Tropicana Field (28 games) and the new Yankee Stadium (29 games) are the only major league stadiums that have had at least
one homer in every game this season.
Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton, who appeared to be unhappy when a 3-1 pitch in the ninth was called a strike, was ejected by plate
umpire Mark Wegner after later flying out. Upton was talking to Wegner while heading toward the dugout after the out and was
thrown out of the game.
Notes: After the game, the Angels recalled RHP
from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned RHP
to the Pacific Coast League club. ... Tampa Bay SS
(sprained left ankle) took BP and fielded grounders, and could return within the next week. ... Angels CF
, slowed recently by a groin strain, was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday's game. He is scheduled to get a day
off Wednesday and start again Thursday. ... The Rays should have a rehab pitching schedule set for LHP
(strained right quadriceps) in the next few days. ... Los Angeles RHP
, Wednesday's scheduled starter, is 9-1 overall against Tampa Bay.