That doesn't bode well for Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson's chances of ending a nine-start winless drought.
Wilson may not have much room for error against Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb , who looks to win his fourth straight start Saturday night when the Rays and Angels continue their weekend series.
Tampa Bay improved to 7-1 against Los Angeles this season with a 12-3 win Friday. The Rays chased Angels ace Jered Weaver , who faced seven batters in the fourth without recording an out in his shortest outing of the season.
Tampa Bay (65-54), which currently holds the top AL wild card by percentage points over Baltimore and Detroit, shut out Los Angeles in each of the previous three meetings and has limited the Angels to 11 runs all year.
Los Angeles (62-58) had gone 34 consecutive scoreless innings against Tampa Bay before Erick Aybar homered in the third Friday.
"They've got a good staff," said Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick , who also homered. "They've got guys that go out and pound the strike zone and get outs when they need to. They also play in a division where they've got to have great pitching. It seems like every time we face them they come out and throw well against us."
The Rays, who have a staff ERA of 1.52 over their last 19 games, will give the ball Saturday to Cobb (7-8, 4.08 ERA), who has given up one run in each of his last three starts and lasted seven innings in each of his last four.
The right-hander limited Seattle to four hits in Monday's 4-1 victory, lowering his ERA over his last seven starts to 2.97.
"Cobber was very good," manager Joe Maddon said. "And, as is typical for him, he's got better as the game was in progress. ... The curveball was outstanding again. And then the changeup, the depth at the end of the game before we took him out."
Cobb gave up three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss in Anaheim on July 27. Though he pitched respectably in that outing, it represented both Cobb's last loss and the last time Los Angeles had scored off Tampa Bay pitching before Friday.
The Angels hope Wilson (9-9, 3.32) can keep them in the game longer than Weaver did, but Wilson is 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA in nine starts since defeating Baltimore on June 26.
He had one of his better outings of that drought Monday against Cleveland, allowing three runs - two earned - in 6 2-3 innings, but received no run support while he was in the game and got charged with a 6-2 loss.
Wilson has also lost both of his starts against the Rays this year, giving up five runs in 13 2-3 innings.
The Angels have dropped 11 of 16 this month and are 2 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot.
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|August 05, 2012||Ben Zobrist||Day-to-Day||Left game - upper back spasms|
|July 21, 2012||Luke Scott||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|July 21, 2012||Alex Cobb||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee contusion|
|July 02, 2012||Hideki Matsui||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|June 30, 2012||Jeremy Hellickson||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right shin|
|June 29, 2012||David Price||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back tightness|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|August 13, 2012||C.J. Wilson||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left hand|
|July 30, 2012||Mark Trumbo||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 30, 2012||Dan Haren||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|July 29, 2012||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Left knee contusion|
|July 29, 2012||Scott Downs||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays went through Dan Haren and Jered Weaver in the first two games of this series against the Los Angeles Angels as though they were journeyman pitchers. Then C.J. Wilson came along, and the same thing happened.
Pinch-hitter Carlos Pena delivered a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, Evan Longoria also hit a two-run shot and the Rays overcame an eight-run deficit against Wilson to beat Los Angeles 10-8 on Saturday night.
"I really felt all along that we had a chance, and I mean that sincerely," manager Joe Maddon said. "Wilson wasn't as sharp as he normally can be, and we've been doing a nice job of scoring runs. I thought our at-bats were good early in the game. We weren't getting anything done, but I've seen Wilson a lot, so I know when he's really on top of his game and when he's not. And I thought he might be a little bit vulnerable."
Jake McGee (4-2) earned the win with a perfect seventh and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his major league-leading 38th save. The Rays, held to one hit over the first four innings by Wilson, rallied from an 8-0 hole with seven runs in the fifth against the All-Star left-hander.
"Obviously, C.J. lost his release point. And when you've got an eight-run lead, you can't walk people," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He got behind in counts and ended up putting some guys on. They got some key hits and got back in the game. It's definitely disappointing."
Rodney ended the game by striking out Erick Aybar and retiring pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis on a grounder with runners at second and third.
Tampa Bay tied it in the sixth with an unearned run against Jason Isringhausen after Ryan Roberts doubled, advanced on a passed ball by Chris Iannetta and scored on Jose Lobaton 's sacrifice fly. Pena, batting for Sean Rodriguez , hit his 16th homer into the lower seats in the right-field corner on a 2-2 pitch from Kevin Jepsen (2-2) after a leadoff single by Jeff Keppinger .
"To be able to help my ballclub out like this with the simple act of hitting a home run, it feels so good," Pena said. "I felt like a little kid running around the bases. It was awesome.
"It shows a lot of heart. That's a very tough team over there, and to be able to come back like that - especially against such a great starter, and getting good at-bat after good at-bat, this team showed me a lot and we showed ourselves a lot. We're never out of a ballgame."
Wilson is winless in a career-worst 10 consecutive starts (0-5) with a 5.70 ERA since beating Baltimore 7-3 on June 26 at Camden Yards. The knockout blow for him was Longoria's two-out, two-run homer after an RBI single by Sam Fuld , a bases-loaded walk to Desmond Jennings and a three-run double by Ben Zobrist .
"The only reason I can be upset is because of my mistakes," Wilson said. "I watched that inning again, and I saw that I overthrew the ball to Zobrist. That's really what it all boils down to. I tried to do too much and he got a hit. It's frustrating when a guy gets a hit in that particular situation because you're ahead in the count. It was a throw, more than a pitch. That's really all I'd change about that inning."
Rays starter Alex Cobb threw 59 pitches in 2 2-3 innings, giving up eight runs and 12 hits against an offense that came in batting .207 against Tampa Bay in the eight previous meetings this season - and was 4 for 44 with runners in scoring position. The 24-year-old right-hander, who made his big league debut at Angel Stadium on May 1, 2011, had won his previous three starts following a 3-1 loss at the "Big A" on July 27 against Haren.
Rookie sensation Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs for the Angels. Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, his 27th.
The game started on an ominous note for the Rays when B.J. Upton lined a pitch off the fence in left-center, missed first base by at least three feet while making the turn and had to settle for a single. He then was picked off by Wilson and subsequently thrown out at second by Pujols.
It got worse for the Rays in the bottom half, as Cobb fell behind 3-0 after just 13 pitches. Trout led off with his 23rd homer on the right-hander's second pitch, hitting the rock formation in left-center on the fly. It began a string of five straight hits, including RBI singles by Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo .
"Cobb was just off today. He was throwing the ball down the middle and they weren't missing it," Maddon said.
The Angels increased the margin to 7-0 in the second. Trout singled home a run, then stole his franchise-record 30th consecutive base and scored on Torii Hunter 's double. Pujols followed with a towering drive far beyond the bullpen gate on Cobb's 36th pitch.
The speedy Trout drove in the Angels' eighth run in the fourth with an infield single.
The Rays outscored Los Angeles 34-11 over their last six meetings, a stretch that began with three consecutive shutouts. They won the series opener 7-0 and routed the Angels 12-3 Friday night.
NOTES: The Angels welcomed back 27 players from the 2002 World Series championship team to mark the 10th anniversary of their seven-game triumph over the San Francisco Giants . The entire squad was inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame. ... Wilson was 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA in the seven starts that preceded this winless drought. ... Upton struck out his next three times up after his baserunning gaffe.