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Rays fall to 0-4; new Angels closer Walden gets save

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon watches his team and sees several good things.

The Rays' record, though, is not one of them.

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Jered Weaver won his second successive start, Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo both had two RBI and the Los Angeles Angels beat the winless AL East champions 5-3 Tuesday night.

"Honestly, I'm not displeased," Maddon said. "0-4 is no good. I don't like it. But I do like that we're playing the game pretty well right now. We're just not hitting. That happens."

Manny Ramirez was hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts and is 1 for 16 overall. Fellow Rays newcomer Johnny Damon returned after missing a game with a sore right calf and singled, making him 1 for 11 this year.

Many of the announced crowd of 13,173 booed Ramirez after his final couple at-bats.

"Unfair," Maddon said. "The guy is just starting out. I think he's actually trying too hard. I want the fans to know he works. This man really works. This man really cares. It's not working for him right now, but he's going to be just fine. There's nothing wrong with Manny. Just give us a little more time."

Weaver (2-0), the major league strikeout leader last season, allowed one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jordan Walden pitched the ninth for his first save.

Los Angeles' Bobby Abreu reached base for the eighth consecutive plate appearance with a first-inning single. He went 5 for 5 with two walks in Sunday's 12-9, 13-inning loss at Kansas City. Abreu's streak ended when he flied out to deep center in the second.

Sean Rodriguez and B.J. Upton hit home runs for the Rays. Tampa Bay had scored only one run in each of its first three games this year.

"We didn't expect to start that way," Damon said.

Rodriguez pulled the Rays within 4-1 on his third-inning solo home run. Hunter extended the Angels' advantage with an RBI single in the fifth.

The Rays loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but failed to score when Damon lined out to left against reliever Hisanori Takahashi.

Upton hit a two-run homer in the eighth that cut the deficit to 5-3.

"When you're in the middle of like 20 games over .500 and you lose four, not that big of an impact," Maddon said. "In the beginning of the year, it really shines through. I just want our guys to chill out, keep working on the things we've talked about in spring training and it's all going to fall into place and we're going to be very good."

Notes

  • Tampa Bay is the first defending division champion to start 0-4 since St. Louis in 1997.
  • Upton is the only Tampa Bay player with a hit in all four games this season.
  • Los Angeles 2B Howie Kendrick went 2 for 2 with two walks. He is 43 for 97 in his career against the Rays.
 
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Bobby Abreu reaches base for his eighth consecutive plate appearance with this first-inning single.  (US Presswire)
Bobby Abreu reaches base for his eighth consecutive plate appearance with this first-inning single. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

T. Hunter
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, SS5010011 .318
Howard Kendrick, 2B2220200 .429
Bobby Abreu, DH3110103 .400
Torii Hunter, RF4122003 .261
Vernon Wells, LF4000013 .136
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4012001 .438
Mark Trumbo, 1B4000021 .176
Hank Conger, C4111010 .250
Peter Bourjos, CF4010010 .263
Totals3459536  
Batting
3B - Howard Kendrick (1, Niemann)
HR - Hank Conger (1, Niemann)
RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (4), Alberto Callaspo 2 (4), Hank Conger (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo 2 (2)
SB - Maicer Izturis (2, 2nd base off Cruz/Jaso), Bobby Abreu (1, 2nd base off Niemann/Jaso), Torii Hunter (1, 2nd base off Niemann/Jaso), Peter Bourjos (1, 2nd base off Niemann/Jaso)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (W,2-0) 6.2311361 0.69
Hisanori Takahashi 0.1111200 10.13
Michael Kohn 1111001 9.00
Jordan Walden (S,1) 1000010 0.00
WP - Jered Weaver (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 112-66, Hisanori Takahashi 18-8, Michael Kohn 18-10, Jordan Walden 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 5-9
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 26, Hisanori Takahashi 4, Michael Kohn 4, Jordan Walden 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, C3000002 .000
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH-3B2010010 .333
Johnny Damon, LF3010113 .091
    Kelly Shoppach, C0000000 .167
Ben Zobrist, 2B3100110 .231
Manny Ramirez, DH4000033 .063
Dan Johnson, 1B4000002 .067
B.J. Upton, CF4112010 .333
Matt Joyce, RF4010000 .091
Sean Rodriguez, 3B-LF3111101 .286
Reid Brignac, SS1000100 .000
   b- Elliot Johnson, PH-SS1000100 .167
Totals3235357  
a-singled for Jaso in the 7th
b-walked for Brignac in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (1, Jer. Weaver)
HR - B.J. Upton (1, Kohn), Sean Rodriguez (1, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (2), Sean Rodriguez (1)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (2)
SB - Johnny Damon (1, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Conger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - S. Rodriguez-Zobrist-Johnson
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Niemann (L,0-1) 6955141 7.50
Juan Cruz 1000200 0.00
Kyle Farnsworth 1000010 0.00
Joel Peralta 1000010 0.00
IBB - Abreu by Juan Cruz
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 91-64, Juan Cruz 14-4, Kyle Farnsworth 10-8, Joel Peralta 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 5-9, Juan Cruz 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 28, Juan Cruz 3, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Joel Peralta 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13173
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Greg Gibson