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Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 12:11 AM EDT
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Anaheim Angels
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2 7 1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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3 9 1
W Bell (2-2)
L Sele (6-7)
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TAMPA BAY 3, ANAHEIM 2
 

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Rob Bell had his best start of the season, pitching into the eighth inning to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Angels .

Bell (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA from 7.36 to 6.14. The righthander had issued 17 walks in 29 1/3 innings but struck out four without one in this contest.

"I was just executing pitches," Bell said. "I feel good about the progress I've made."

Making his seventh start for the Devil Rays , the righthander blanked the Angels until the eighth inning, when Adam Kennedy and David Eckstein delivered back-to-back doubles. Al Levine came out of the bullpen and avoided further trouble.

Bell had been 1-2 with a 6.84 ERA lifetime against the Angels but beat them for the first time since September 21, 2001.

All-Star Lance Carter failed to notch his 17th save, allowing a sacrifice fly to Jeff DaVanon in the ninth that got Anaheim within 3-2. Travis Harper retired Bengie Molina on a groundout for his second career save and first since June 14, 2002.

"We're going to start using different combinations in the ninth inning, with Carter being the principal guy," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "I had Harper ready for Molina."

Molina came into the game with identical numbers against Harper and Carter - one hit in four at-bats with an RBI and a strikeout.

Tampa Bay took the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning but could have had more after loading the bases with none out. Antonio Perez singled in the first run and Julio Lugo scored on a double play by Aubrey Huff .

The Devil Rays made it 3-0 in the seventh when Rocco Baldelli scored from first base on Travis Lee 's double to right field.

"It was a 2-1 count and I saw Rocco going," Lee said. "The ball was middle in and I just turned on it. Normally with one strike, I would just take it and let Rocco run, but I saw it was a fastball and hit it."

Angels third baseman Troy Glaus suffered a bruised right shoulder making an awkward dive for a ground ball in the third inning.

"The turf gave out," Glaus said. "I had to come out of the game, it's not something I wanted to do. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Anaheim starter Aaron Sele (6-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, walking three without a strikeout.

"Aaron picked up where he left off," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was going to go as long as he could and he went as hard as he did after hitters. A break here or there and he doesn't lose that game. I thought he pitched a terrific ballgame."

Sele had won three straight starts but had not gone more than five innings since pitching seven against Florida on June 7.


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