Anaheim at Tampa Bay

L.A. Angels
Tampa Bay
W: J. Howell (2-0) L: J. Speier (0-3)
S: T. Percival (9)
HR: ANA - None   TB - C. Crawford (3)

Rays deny Angels' Santana seventh victory, finish off sweep wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carl Crawford has played more games for Tampa Bay than any player in team history, so it was fitting that he delivered the blow that lifted the Rays into uncharted territory.

The surging Rays climbed five games over .500 for the first time in the club's 11 seasons, with Crawford hitting a three-run homer, stealing two bases and scoring twice Sunday to pace an 8-5 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.

"We feel like we're going to win every game right now," the two-time All-Star said after Tampa Bay stopped Ervin Santana from becoming the AL's first seven-game winner. "We know that's not possible, but we have the confidence to feel that way."

Santana departed with a 5-4 lead with one runner on and two outs in the sixth inning, but the game quickly shifted when Justin Speier (0-3) entered and gave up a double to Akinori Iwamura and Crawford's third home run of the season.

B.J. Upton doubled for the third consecutive hit off the Angels reliever. He took third base on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch by Speier, who struggled for the second time in three days against the Rays.

Evan Longoria's two-run, ninth-inning home run off Speier gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 victory in the series opener Friday night. The Rays won by the same score Saturday, holding the Angels to a total of four hits in the two games.

"There's nothing they did that surprised us," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They're a team that has a lot of positive things happening."

The series sweep left Los Angeles with a four-game losing streak for the first time since April 2007. The Rays (21-16) are five games over .500 for the first time at any point in a season, and it's the latest they've ever been in second place.

Crawford went 3-for-5, raising his batting average to .289. He leads the AL in runs scored (30) and has 12 stolen bases, four in the last four games.

"C.C. still hasn't taken off yet, but the guy is pretty clutch," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's come up with some big hits for us already in crucial moments, and obviously (the homer) did turn the tide for us."

Although Santana remained unbeaten, Tampa Bay prevented an Angels starter from becoming the league's first seven-game winner for the second successive day. Joe Saunders lost for the first time in seven decisions on Saturday.

J.P. Howell (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Andy Sonnanstine to get the victory. Troy Percival worked the ninth for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Garret Anderson and Torii Hunter drove in two runs apiece for the Angels, who finally showed signs of life on offense. Slumping Vladimir Guerrero went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for only the fourth time in 23 games.

Santana, coming off a four-hit shutout of Kansas City, allowed three runs on four hits in the first six batters Sunday. Floyd, Upton and Longoria had the RBI for Tampa Bay, which also had been struggling at the plate the past week.

The Angels snapped a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings with RBI singles by Guerrero, Anderson and Hunter in the third inning, however Santana quickly fell behind again.

Upton and Carlos Pena singled to start the bottom of the third. Floyd, in his first action since coming off the 15-day disabled list, followed with his second run-scoring single to give Sonnanstine another lead the Tampa Bay starter couldn't hold.

Anderson's RBI single and Hunter's run-scoring triple turned the Angels' 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead and ended Sonnanstine's afternoon. The Rays starter gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out three.

Santana allowed five runs and eight hits -- both season highs -- in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out seven, including the last batter he faced. But with the starter at 113 pitches, Scioscia turned to Speier.

"Put these two losses, Friday and today, on me. I just haven't made my pitches like I normally could," Speier said.

"I'll iron it out. Sometimes, getting into a funk, you try to figure too much out. Sometimes less is more. I'm just going to go out there, continue making pitches and get out of this thing."


  • Crawford finished 3-for-5, stole two bases and scored two runs.
  • Speier has allowed five homers in 15 innings this season.
  • Angels INF Howie Kendrick's strained left hamstring will be reevaluated on Monday. He went 3-for-3 in a rehab game with Class A Rancho Cucamonga last Tuesday, but experienced some tightness in the hamstring.
  • Rays INF Ben Zobrist will have the pins removed from his broken left thumb on Monday and could be activated during this week's series against the New York Yankees.
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Carl Crawford comes home after his three-run shot, which helps deny Ervin Santana his seventh win.  (AP)
Carl Crawford comes home after his three-run shot, which helps deny Ervin Santana his seventh win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

T. Hunter
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Reggie Willits, DH4000113 .333
Erick Aybar, SS5110014 .291
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4121000 .268
Garret Anderson, LF4122001 .246
Torii Hunter, CF4032000 .302
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000004 .305
Robb Quinlan, 3B4000001 .182
Jeff Mathis, C2100110 .238
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1000000 .213
Sean Rodriguez, 2B3110020 .200
   b- Kendry Morales, PH1000000 .000
a-lined out for Mathis in the 9th
b-flied out for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (8, Sonnanstine)
3B - Torii Hunter (2, Sonnanstine)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (16), Garret Anderson 2 (21), Torii Hunter 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (9), Garret Anderson (12), Torii Hunter 2 (5)
Team LOB - 6
DP - S. Rodriguez-Mathis-Quinlan
PB - Jeff Mathis (2)
E - Jeff Mathis (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana 5.2955170 2.63
Justin Speier (L,0-3) 0.1333011 6.00
Darren O'Day 2300010 3.43
WP - Justin Speier 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 108-70, Justin Speier 13-8, Darren O'Day 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-7, Darren O'Day 2-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 27, Justin Speier 4, Darren O'Day 8
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5230010 .253
Carl Crawford, LF5233011 .289
B.J. Upton, CF5331013 .297
Carlos Pena, 1B4010022 .209
Evan Longoria, 3B3001001 .211
Cliff Floyd, DH4022010 .368
Dioner Navarro, C3110112 .333
Gabe Gross, RF4010005 .207
Jason Bartlett, SS4010021 .248
2B - Akinori Iwamura (4, Speier), B.J. Upton (8, Speier)
HR - Carl Crawford (3, Speier)
SF - Evan Longoria (2)
RBI - Carl Crawford 3 (23), B.J. Upton (25), Evan Longoria (15), Cliff Floyd 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 3 (6), Cliff Floyd (5)
SB - Carl Crawford 2 (12, 2nd base off Santana/Mathis, 3rd base off Santana/Mathis), B.J. Upton (7, 2nd base off Santana/Mathis)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Gabe Gross 1
E - Carl Crawford (1, Dropped fly)
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine 5855230 5.07
J.P. Howell (W,2-0) 3100020 2.88
Troy Percival (S,9) 1000000 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 86-52, J.P. Howell 40-27, Troy Percival 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 7-4, J.P. Howell 4-3
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 24, J.P. Howell 10, Troy Percival 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13010
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth