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Devil Rays 6, Angels 3

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ervin Santana seemed headed toward another win until Ty Wigginton changed the momentum with one swing.

Wigginton homered and drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays stopped Santana's seven-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

"He's been a clutch hitter for us all season," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "What he did tonight didn't surprise me."

Wigginton hit a two-run shot off Santana to tie it at two in the sixth. The homer came on a 2-2 pitch with two outs.

"(I was) trying to put it in play," Wigginton said. "He was nasty all night. I thought we really had our work cut out for us to get to him and fortunately we did."

The home run came on a slider.

"I made a mistake," Santana said. "A slider right there in the middle. He hit the ball good."

Santana (11-4) allowed six runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. It was his first loss in 10 starts, dating to a 7-1 defeat against Minnesota on May 31.

The Angels, who are 16-5 in July, had won six straight against Tampa Bay.

Wigginton's two-run double off Hector Carrasco during a four-run seventh extended the Devil Rays' lead to 6-2.

Devil Rays reliever Jon Switzer (2-1) retired both batters he faced to work out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh. Tampa Bay has won three of 12 games since the All-Star break.

Russell Branyan hit a one-out double in the seventh and scored on Josh Paul's double for a 3-2 lead. Paul had only four hits in his previous 41 at-bats

Rocco Baldelli then ended Santana's night with an RBI single to make it 4-2.

"Santana is very good," Maddon said. "We grinded out our at-bats tonight."

Santana limited the Devil Rays to two singles through five innings and Tampa Bay didn't have a runner advance past first over the stretch.

Baldelli doubled in the sixth and scored on Wigginton's homer. Wigginton's 17th homer of the season matched his career high set while with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh in 2004.

Vladimir Guerrero had a run-scoring single and Juan Rivera hit a sacrifice fly to put the Angels ahead 2-0 in the sixth. Guerrero, who went 3-for-4, had been hitless in 13 at-bats before a single in the fourth.

Adam Kennedy tripled to lead off the ninth for the Angels, and Howie Kendrick singled to make 6-3. Kennedy has a season-high 11-game hitting streak.

Tampa Bay starter James Shields gave up two runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He had gone 0-4 in his previous five starts, allowing 26 runs over 26 1-3 innings.

"I did my job ... keep my team in the ballgame," Shields said. "That's what it's all about."

The Angels hit into double plays in each of the first three innings. They also failed to score in fourth after putting runners on the first and third with one out.

"We just couldn't get that hit early to get our offense going," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "To Ervin's credit, he went out there pitch by pitch to keep us in there. Ervin pitched with his back against the wall for a lot of the game and it came back to get him."

Los Angeles went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Notes

Devil Rays SS Julio Lugo (bruised right middle finger) was out of the lineup for the third straight game. Maddon expects Lugo to play Wednesday. ... Angels OF Garret Anderson, who has been limited to DH recently due to a sore left hamstring, was rested. ... Devil Rays DH Jonny Gomes snapped an 0-for-16 slide with a second-inning single. It was his fourth hit in 50 at-bats. ... Guerrero has 21 RBI in his last 23 games. ... Wigginton's homer was his first since July 4.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

T. Wigginton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, LF5010014 .262
Maicer Izturis, 3B5110024 .272
Orlando Cabrera, SS3120100 .291
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4031001 .315
Juan Rivera, RF3011022 .289
Mike Napoli, C4000005 .256
Adam Kennedy, 2B4110011 .264
Howie Kendrick, 1B4031010 .267
Reggie Willits, CF4010011 .375
Totals3631331818 
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (7, Shields), Howie Kendrick (5, Shields)
3B - Adam Kennedy (4, Meadows)
SF - Juan Rivera (4)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (78), Juan Rivera (46), Howie Kendrick (7)
SB - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (8, 2nd base off Shields/Paul, 2nd base off Camp/Paul)
Team LOB - 8
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (L,11-4) 6.1966061 4.25
J.C. Romero 0.1000000 6.96
Hector Carrasco 0.1100210 3.90
Brendan Donnelly 1100010 5.06
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 99-72, J.C. Romero 1-1, Hector Carrasco 23-11, Brendan Donnelly 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 4-9, J.C. Romero 1-0, Brendan Donnelly 2-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 28, J.C. Romero 1, Hector Carrasco 4, Brendan Donnelly 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF5221002 .285
Carl Crawford, LF4000022 .305
Ty Wigginton, 3B4124010 .263
Jorge Cantu, 2B3010120 .271
Travis Lee, 1B3000101 .207
Jonny Gomes, DH4010023 .225
Russell Branyan, RF3110001 .221
    Damon Hollins, RF1000000 .214
Josh Paul, C4121000 .235
Tomas Perez, SS4120011 .194
Totals3561162810 
Batting
2B - Rocco Baldelli (9, Santana), Ty Wigginton (18, Carrasco), Russell Branyan (9, Santana), Josh Paul 2 (7, Santana, Donnelly)
HR - Ty Wigginton (17, Santana)
RBI - Rocco Baldelli (24), Ty Wigginton 4 (56), Josh Paul (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton 4 (30)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Shields-Cantu-Lee, Cantu-T. Perez-Lee, Cantu-T. Perez
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields 6.11022160 5.46
Jon Switzer (W,2-1) 0.2000010 4.05
Shawn Camp 1100010 4.87
Brian Meadows 1211000 3.89
WP - James Shields (3)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 92-61, Jon Switzer 5-4, Shawn Camp 19-11, Brian Meadows 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 3-7, Jon Switzer 1-0, Shawn Camp 1-1, Brian Meadows 1-2
Batters Faced - James Shields 27, Jon Switzer 2, Shawn Camp 4, Brian Meadows 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11253
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Dusty Dellinger, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings