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Angels 6, Rays 5

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Vernon Wells didn't let a hitting slump keep him from making a key offensive play.

Hank Conger homered and nifty baserunning by Wells helped the Los Angeles Angels rally from a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Sunday.

Los Angeles went ahead 6-5 during the eighth thanks in part to Wells, who drew a one-out walk from Joel Peralta (1-1) with Torii Hunter on third.

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Wells slowed up on Conger's grounder and forced second baseman Ben Zobrist to throw to first for an out. Wells then prolonged a rundown long enough for Hunter to score.

"That was a great, heads-up play by Vernon," said Hunter, who had a leadoff double in the eighth. "He actually won the game by doing that."

Wells actually thought about that play while in the outfield during Saturday night's game.

"It's funny," he said. "I was thinking about different situations and that was one of them. Then it happened today. It worked out."

Angels ace Jered Weaver (6-0) was scratched from his scheduled start because of a stomach virus. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia hopes Weaver will be able to pitch Monday night at Boston.

"If this was the seventh game of the World Series, I think you'd see him out there trying to pitch," Scioscia said. "He had some IVs put in, and I think one more day of getting fluids in him and he should be good to go."

Scioscia tweaked his lineup, dropping the struggling Wells to sixth and putting Howie Kendrick, who entered the game hitting .454 (49 for 108) against the Rays, in the third spot.

Wells went 0 for 3 with a walk, while Kendrick was hitless in two at-bats and walked twice. Wells has five hits in his last 38 at-bats.

Rich Thompson (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh. Jordan Walden got three outs for his fifth save.

Tampa Bay went up 5-0 in the first on run-scoring singles by B.J. Upton, Matt Joyce, Casey Kotchman, Felipe Lopez and John Jaso off Tyler Chatwood, who had been scheduled to start Monday.

"We've got to do a better job of keeping a lead," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Conger cut the deficit to 5-1 with a second-inning homer. Bobby Abreu and Alberto Callaspo had run-scoring singles, and Hunter hit a sacrifice fly during a four-run fifth that tied it at 5.

Chatwood allowed five runs and nine hits in four-plus innings.

"I went out there and just knew I had to keep it right there," Chatwood said about ending his start with three scoreless innings. "Try to do some damage control and keep us in the game."

Tampa Bay rookie Alex Cobb gave up four runs and four hits over 4 1/3 innings in his major league debut. The right-hander struck out three and walked four.

"Obviously, it wasn't what I wanted," Cobb said. "I wanted to go in there and at least go five. My command wasn't really there all game."

Cobb was recalled from Triple-A Durham for a spot start after the Rays used two starting pitchers in a day-night doubleheader last Thursday at Minnesota. He was optioned back to the International League club after the game.

Notes

  • Weaver has lost about nine pounds in the past few days.
  • The Rays still expect All-Star 3B Evan Longoria (strained left oblique) to return from a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Montgomery on Tuesday.
  • Hunter grounded into his 10th double play.
  • Tampa Bay INF Sean Rodriguez (dislocated left pinkie) had a soft-toss session in the batting cage.
  • Rays LHP J.P. Howell (left shoulder surgery) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning for Class-A Charlotte. The reliever could rejoin the team in mid-May.
 
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Vernon Wells gets caught in a run-down in the eighth inning as the Angels rally for the win. (AP)
Vernon Wells gets caught in a run-down in the eighth inning as the Angels rally for the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

B. Abreu
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

M. Joyce
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4100121 .327
Bobby Abreu, DH3121100 .271
Howard Kendrick, 2B2100212 .300
Torii Hunter, RF2111101 .227
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4011003 .301
Vernon Wells, LF3000100 .170
Hank Conger, C4111000 .271
Mark Trumbo, 1B4020000 .250
Peter Bourjos, CF3100111 .299
Totals2967474  
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (7, Cobb), Torii Hunter (3, Peralta), Mark Trumbo (6, Cobb)
HR - Hank Conger (3, Cobb)
SF - Torii Hunter (2)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (9), Torii Hunter (13), Alberto Callaspo (9), Hank Conger (10)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo (4)
SB - Bobby Abreu (3, 2nd base off Cruz/Jaso), Howard Kendrick (2, 2nd base off Sonnanstine/Jaso)
CS - Mark Trumbo (1, 2nd base by Sonnanstine/Jaso)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Trumbo-Aybar-Rodney
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Chatwood 4955230 4.94
Scott Downs 2100000 0.00
Rich Thompson (W,1-1) 1100030 2.51
Fernando Rodney (H,4) 1000110 2.84
Jordan Walden (S,5) 1000000 0.68
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Chatwood 86-53, Scott Downs 23-14, Rich Thompson 14-10, Fernando Rodney 12-5, Jordan Walden 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Chatwood 4-4, Scott Downs 5-1, Fernando Rodney 1-0, Jordan Walden 2-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Chatwood 22, Scott Downs 7, Rich Thompson 4, Fernando Rodney 3, Jordan Walden 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, LF5110001 .284
Johnny Damon, DH5000002 .253
B.J. Upton, CF4121110 .247
Matt Joyce, RF3131100 .346
Ben Zobrist, 2B4110013 .260
Casey Kotchman, 1B4111012 .333
Felipe Lopez, 3B3011112 .222
    Sean Rodriguez, PR-3B0000000 .214
John Jaso, C4021011 .245
Reid Brignac, SS3000022 .212
Totals35511537  
Batting
2B - Sam Fuld (8, Chatwood), B.J. Upton (5, Chatwood), Ben Zobrist (9, Chatwood)
SH - Reid Brignac (1)
RBI - B.J. Upton (12), Matt Joyce (10), Casey Kotchman (5), Felipe Lopez (6), John Jaso (8)
SB - B.J. Upton (7, 3rd base off Chatwood/Conger), Matt Joyce (3, 2nd base off Thompson/Conger)
CS - John Jaso (1, 2nd base by Chatwood/Conger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Joyce 1
DP - F. Lopez-Zobrist-Kotchman, Zobrist-Kotchman-Brignac
E - John Jaso (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb 4.1444431 8.31
Andy Sonnanstine 1.2211100 2.89
Juan Cruz 1000110 2.45
Joel Peralta (L,1-1) 1111100 2.70
Kyle Farnsworth 1000000 0.90
WP - Joel Peralta (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 74-37, Andy Sonnanstine 21-12, Juan Cruz 17-9, Joel Peralta 19-12, Kyle Farnsworth 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 4-5, Joel Peralta 1-1, Kyle Farnsworth 2-1
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 20, Andy Sonnanstine 6, Juan Cruz 4, Joel Peralta 4, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16248
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi