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Allen pinch hit in the ninth inning Thursday, and his two-run homer lifted the Rays over the Los Angeles Angels 4-3.
"Success like this isn't going to come all the time," Allen said. "Baseball is a lot of luck. I was just there hitting and stayed within myself."
Allen, acquired April 19 off waivers from Oakland, homered off Jordan Walden (0-1) after B.J. Upton's one-out single. Allen drew a bases-loaded walk off the bench in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Los Angeles in his first Tampa Bay plate appearance.
"To his credit, he has not played in a while," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "This guy has not had many swings over the last couple weeks, and that speaks a lot to his makeup that we've heard about."
Brandon Gomes (1-0) worked a 1-2-3 ninth, helping the Rays win their fifth straight game.
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"Those guys over there are going to make you earn every inch," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the Rays.
Albert Pujols went 1 for 4, ending his hitless streak at a career-worst 21 at-bats when he rolled a grounder up the middle to beat a three-man defensive shift. Pujols was thrown out attempting to stretch the single into a double.
With 445 home runs, Pujols has not gone deep in 19 games and 76 at-bats this season. He's homerless in 105 regular-season at-bats since Sept. 22, tying his longest drought: April 23-May 23 last year. The three-time NL MVP is hitting .224 with a .280 on-base percentage after leaving St. Louis to sign a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels.
Allen hit .200 with six homers and 18 RBI in 52 games last season with Oakland and Arizona. It was his first homer since Aug. 27 off Boston's Jon Lester.
"He came up with a big swing on a guy throwing 97 [mph]," the Angels' Torii Hunter said.
"When it rains, it pours," Hunter said. "Right now it's pouring down."
Williams allowed two runs and five hits. Trumbo hit his third homer this season in the fifth, and added an RBI double one inning later.
The Angels had just one runner -- on Vernon Wells' second-inning walk -- through four against Moore. Trumbo opened the fifth with a homer that tied it at 1.
After Trumbo's two-out, run-scoring double, he scored on Wells' infield single for a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
Tampa Bay closed to 3-2 when Joyce triple in a run in the sixth.
Desmond Jennings had a leadoff single in the first and scored for a 1-0 lead when Zobrist doubled. Jennings has a career-best eight-game hitting streak.
"Hard-fought game, one bad pitch," Walden said.
|Brandon Allen, acquired off Oakland waivers a week ago, hits a two-run pinch-hit HR to win it in his first official at-bat. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.229|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.260|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Torii Hunter, DH-RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.290|
|Mark Trumbo, RF||4||2||2||2||0||2||1||.342|
|Vernon Wells, LF||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.243|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.205|
|Bobby Wilson, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.273|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.178|
|2B - Mark Trumbo (2, Moore)|
|HR - Mark Trumbo (3, Moore)|
|RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (8), Vernon Wells (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo (3), Vernon Wells (3)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Callaspo-Wilson|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Scott Downs (H,4)||1.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Jordan Walden (BS,1; L,0-1)||0||2||2||2||0||0||1||8.31|
|HBP - Upton (by Jerome Williams)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 104-65, Scott Downs 20-10, Jordan Walden 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 10-3, Scott Downs 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 28, Scott Downs 5, Jordan Walden 2|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.263|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||0||2||.188|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.284|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.309|
|Luke Scott, DH||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.280|
|Matt Joyce, RF||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.322|
|B.J. Upton, CF||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.235|
|Jose Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.216|
|a- Brandon Allen, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.125|
|Sean Rodriguez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.216|
|a-homered for Molina in the 9th|
|2B - Ben Zobrist (2, Williams), Matt Joyce (3, Williams)|
|3B - Matt Joyce (2, Williams)|
|HR - Brandon Allen (1, Walden)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist (9), Matt Joyce (8), Brandon Allen 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (2)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (1, 2nd base off Williams/Wilson), Sean Rodriguez (1, 2nd base off Williams/Wilson)|
|PK - Ben Zobrist (1, Williams)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1|
|E - Ben Zobrist (2, Throwing)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Brandon Gomes (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||13.50|
|WP - Matt Moore (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 100-72, Burke Badenhop 28-21, Joel Peralta 6-4, Brandon Gomes 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 2-8, Burke Badenhop 5-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Moore 23, Burke Badenhop 8, Joel Peralta 1, Brandon Gomes 3|
|Attendance - 15417|
|Game Time - 2:48|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster|