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Anaheim at Tampa Bay

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L.A. Angels (55-37)0000200013102
Tampa Bay (36-56) «00205010x8160

Devil Rays 8, Angels 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ty Wigginton insists he hasn't changed a thing. Eight straight hits suggest otherwise.

Wigginton went 4-for-4 for the second straight game, tying a Tampa Bay record for hits in consecutive plate appearances, and helping the struggling Devil Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Tuesday.

"I've been doing the same thing I've been doing all year," said Wigginton, who was mired in a 1-for-21 skid at Tropicana Field before pulling out of the slump with four hits during a loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

He drove in one run against the Angels with a fifth-inning single off Ervin Santana (5-11) and another with a single off Chris Bootcheck in the seventh to match the eight straight hits Aubrey Huff had for the Devil Rays from Sept. 22-24, 2004.

"Honestly, it doesn't mean much," Wigginton said of tying the club record. "When you get done playing, I guess maybe you can look back on all this stuff and see some of your accomplishments."

James Shields (8-5) allowed seven hits and two runs in seven innings for Tampa Bay, which won for only the third time in 19 games -- a stretch that has the last-place team on pace for another 100-loss season.

Santana, who has lost a career-worst five straight decisions over six starts, allowed seven runs and a career-high 14 hits -- 12 singles -- in six innings.

B.J. Upton and Delmon Young had RBI singles in the second inning to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead, Carlos Pena's two-run double snapped a 2-2 tie and was the biggest blow off Santana during a five-run fifth, and Wigginton followed with his seventh straight hit to make it 5-2.

The 8-for-8 streak raised Wigginton's batting average from .264 to .281.

"His at-bats have been better. I think he has been laying off bad pitches and swinging at strikes again," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I just think he's been more patient, getting better pitches. And when he sees his pitch, he's not missing right now."

Josh Wilson's two-run single put Tampa Bay up 7-2 and finished the five-run inning.

Jose Molina had a two-run single off Shields in the fifth and Brandon Wood added a pinch-hit RBI double off Casey Fossum in the ninth.

Santana is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA in eight home starts, but has been an entirely different pitcher on the road, where he's 1-9 with an 8.79 ERA in 11 starts. The 14 hits he yielded Tuesday night were one shy of the Angels' record set by Paul Hartzell at Kansas City on Sept. 9, 1976.

"We know this kid is a lot more talented than he's shown," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "His stuff seems to be re-emerging, but the consistency doesn't seem to be where it was last year."

Santana, who has allowed 16 runs and 21 hits over his past two starts, won 16 games in 2006 -- his first full season in the majors.

"It's nothing mechanically or anything," the 24-year-old right-hander said. "I don't know what the problem is. To me, everything is fine. You just have to keep pitching and try to win."

Pena, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games, was one of the Devil Rays' final cuts during spring training. He wound up on the Opening Day roster because on an injury to infielder Greg Norton and has made the most of the opportunity, batting .297 with 22 homers and 60 RBI.

Notes

The major league record for consecutive plate appearances with a hit is 12. Mike Higgins did it for Boston in 1938 and Walt Dropo matched it with Detroit in 1952. ... The Angels have gone 10 consecutive games without hitting a home run for the first time since July 7-21, 1991, when they went 11 straight without one. The current drought spans 96 innings. ... After averaging 30,951 fans for a four-game series against the Yankees from Thursday through Sunday, the attendance was announced as 9,430 on Tuesday night. ... The Devil Rays optioned LHP Jon Switzer to Triple-A Durham and plan to activate RHP Al Reyes from the 15-day DL on Wednesday. Reyes, who made a minor league rehab appearance at Class A Vero Beach on Monday, has been out since July 3 because of a mild rotator cuff strain.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

J. Molina
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF5000012 .305
Chone Figgins, 3B4030000 .314
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000004 .317
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000002 .322
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4010011 .281
Garret Anderson, DH4110001 .287
Casey Kotchman, 1B2110101 .291
   a- Robb Quinlan, PH1000011 .277
Maicer Izturis, 2B3110011 .254
   b- Brandon Wood, PH1011000 .133
Jose Molina, C4022001 .233
Totals36310314  
a-struck out for Kotchman in the 9th
b-doubled for Izturis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins (12, Shields), Garret Anderson (14, Fossum), Maicer Izturis (6, Shields), Brandon Wood (1, Fossum), Jose Molina (8, Shields)
RBI - Brandon Wood (1), Jose Molina 2 (10)
SB - Chone Figgins (25, 2nd base off Shields/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gary Matthews Jr. 1
DP - Cabrera-Kotchman, Izturis-Cabrera-Kotchman
E - Chone Figgins (12, Missed catch of throw), Jose Molina (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (L,5-11) 61477440 6.22
Chris Bootcheck 2211040 4.89
WP - Chris Bootcheck (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 108-67, Chris Bootcheck 29-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-7, Chris Bootcheck 1-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 32, Chris Bootcheck 8
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5000023 .279
Carl Crawford, LF4210100 .281
B.J. Upton, CF4231100 .336
Carlos Pena, 1B4122121 .297
Delmon Young, RF4121011 .291
Brendan Harris, SS4110003 .305
Ty Wigginton, DH4042000 .281
Dioner Navarro, C3110122 .181
Josh Wilson, 2B4022013 .231
Totals36816848  
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (16, Santana), Brendan Harris (20, Bootcheck), Ty Wigginton (20, Santana)
RBI - B.J. Upton (34), Carlos Pena 2 (60), Delmon Young (51), Ty Wigginton 2 (46), Josh Wilson 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Wilson 2 (6)
SB - Carl Crawford (27, 3rd base off Santana/Molina), Dioner Navarro (3, 2nd base off Santana/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields (W,8-5) 7722120 3.91
Jay Witasick 1100000 4.97
Casey Fossum 1211020 7.60
WP - Jay Witasick (4)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 107-70, Jay Witasick 19-11, Casey Fossum 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 10-8, Jay Witasick 2-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 28, Jay Witasick 4, Casey Fossum 5
Game Information
Attendance - 9430
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa