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Wood's ninth-inning HR knocks Rays out of first

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brandon Wood is sharing the spotlight for one day with A-Rod.

Wood hit his first homer since June 27, a tiebreaking shot leading off the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Angels over Tampa Bay 4-3 on Friday night and knocked the Rays out of first place in the AL East.

"I got beat up when I got into the dugout, which was fun," said Wood, who has 11 career homers. "It's nice. I haven't been in the lineup too much and the few times I went in there I really didn't get any hits."

Postseason Chase

Moments after Wood connected, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to send the Yankees to a 4-3 victory at Baltimore, pushing New York a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay.

Wood, mired in a 3-for-43 slide and hitless in three previous at-bats Friday, gave the Angels a 4-3 lead with his drive off Dan Wheeler (2-4). Los Angeles has won six of eight.

"That was big for us, big for Brandon," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "He hasn't been getting consistent at-bats and you know it's going to take a while for him to really have a chance to work on some of the things and bring them into the game. He's working hard on the side."

Dan Johnson hit his third homer in the past two games for the Rays. But he struck out against reliever Michael Kohn (1-0), who got his first major league win, with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth.

"A great game. We just have to do better offensively," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Kohn walks three guys and we get one hit and score no runs in one inning. That's kind of difficult to do."

Angels starter Dan Haren allowed three runs, three hits, three walks and struck out 10 over seven innings on his 30th birthday.

"We had really bad swings on him all night long," Maddon said. "The ball looked like a shuttlecock coming in there. We were just missing everything."

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth, working out of a two-on, two-out jam for his 11th save.

Wade Davis gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. The Tampa Bay right-hander's no-decision kept a personal seven-game winning streak -- now over 10 starts -- intact.

Bobby Abreu had a run-scoring single and Torii Hunter drove in a run with a double as Los Angeles went ahead 3-1 in the third. Hunter has 11 RBI in his last 12 games.

Tampa Bay pulled even at 3 when Carl Crawford hit a two-run triple with two outs in the sixth.

Howie Kendrick put the Angels up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second. Kendrick went 2 for 4 and has 16 hits in 28 at-bats against Tampa Bay this season.

Johnson tied it at 1 in the second when he homered in his third straight at-bat. He had consecutive two-run homers in the fifth and seventh in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Kendrick opened the fourth with a triple, but was left stranded when Davis retired the next three batters on a strikeout and a pair of shallow fly balls.

Notes
  • Haren has 206 strikeouts this season. He has recorded 200 or more in three straight years.
  • Angels INF Erick Aybar (sore left leg) and RHP Scot Shields (right elbow tightness) both had MRIs. The results will be reviewed by the team's medical staff.
  • Johnson has six homers since joining the Rays on Aug. 2 from Triple-A Durham, where he went deep 30 times.
  • Los Angeles RHP Joel Pineiro, sidelined since July 22 by a strained left oblique, is scheduled to start Saturday's game.
  • Crawford has 13 triples this season and 105 in his career.
  • Davis struck out a season-high eight and walked one.
 
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There it goes. Brandon Wood puts the Angels in the lead when he connects on a Dan Wheeler pitch. (AP)
There it goes. Brandon Wood puts the Angels in the lead when he connects on a Dan Wheeler pitch. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

B. Abreu
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alberto Callaspo, 3B5110001 .272
Bobby Abreu, LF5131011 .254
    Reggie Willits, LF0000000 .270
Torii Hunter, RF4011032 .288
Hideki Matsui, DH3000101 .271
Mike Napoli, 1B3110113 .245
Howard Kendrick, 2B4021021 .274
Hank Conger, C4000033 .100
Brandon Wood, SS4111012 .157
Peter Bourjos, CF4010001 .200
Totals364104211  
Batting
2B - Alberto Callaspo (26, Davis), Bobby Abreu 2 (38, Davis, Balfour), Torii Hunter (36, Davis)
3B - Howard Kendrick (3, Davis)
HR - Brandon Wood (4, Wheeler)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (73), Torii Hunter (81), Howard Kendrick (69), Brandon Wood (13)
SB - Mike Napoli (4, 3rd base off Davis/Jaso)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren 73333101 4.08
Michael Kohn (W,1-0) 1100310 2.20
Fernando Rodney (S,11) 1100120 4.13
IBB - Longoria by Michael Kohn
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 115-73, Michael Kohn 26-12, Fernando Rodney 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 3-8, Michael Kohn 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 27, Michael Kohn 6, Fernando Rodney 5
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, C3110100 .274
    Desmond Jennings, PR0000000 .273
    Dioner Navarro, C0000000 .200
   a- Reid Brignac, PH1010000 .262
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000024 .243
Carl Crawford, LF3012110 .302
Evan Longoria, 3B3000111 .292
Matt Joyce, RF3000110 .232
Dan Johnson, DH3111113 .225
Carlos Pena, 1B3000120 .201
B.J. Upton, CF3000122 .236
Jason Bartlett, SS3110022 .246
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH1000011 .249
Totals30353713  
a-singled for Navarro in the 9th
b-struck out for Bartlett in the 9th
Batting
3B - Carl Crawford (13, Haren)
HR - Dan Johnson (6, Haren)
SH - Ben Zobrist (7)
RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (80), Dan Johnson (17)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (21), Dan Johnson (8)
CS - Desmond Jennings (1, 3rd base by Kohn/Conger)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Zobrist-Pena
E - John Jaso (5, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis 6732180 4.19
Grant Balfour 1100010 2.36
Joaquin Benoit 1000120 1.46
Dan Wheeler (L,2-4)0211001 3.74
Lance Cormier 0.1000000 4.19
Randy Choate 0.2000000 4.54
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 110-71, Grant Balfour 19-11, Joaquin Benoit 16-10, Dan Wheeler 6-3, Lance Cormier 2-1, Randy Choate 3-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 3-7, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 26, Grant Balfour 4, Joaquin Benoit 4, Dan Wheeler 2, Lance Cormier 1, Randy Choate 1
Game Information
Attendance - 23215
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Jerry Crawford