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Newest Ray plays hero vs. Angels

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays added Brandon Allen to provide power off the bench, and he quickly delivered.

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.

Jerome Williams pitched seven solid innings and Mark Trumbo homered and had two RBI for the Angels, who have lost seven of nine.

"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.

Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce drove in the other Rays' runs. Matt Moore gave up three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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.

Notes

  • Allen got the home-run ball back and will give it to his mother.
  • This was just Walden's second save opportunity this season.
  • Williams' only other start against Tampa Bay came on June 8, 2004, while with San Francisco. He picked up the win after allowing one run over seven innings.
  • Los Angeles RHP Jered Weaver (3-0), who is 12-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 14 starts before May 1 since 2010, will go against Cleveland RHP Justin Masterson (0-2) on Friday night.
  • Rays RHP James Shields and Texas LHP Matt Harrison, both 3-0 this season, are Friday night's scheduled starters.
 
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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)
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
Tampa Bay

B. Allen
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4000002 .229
Howard Kendrick, 2B4010020 .260
Albert Pujols, 1B4010000 .224
Torii Hunter, DH-RF4110011 .290
Mark Trumbo, RF4222021 .342
Vernon Wells, LF3011110 .243
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4010012 .205
Bobby Wilson, C4000031 .273
Peter Bourjos, CF2000100 .178
Totals33373210  
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Callaspo-Wilson
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams 7522360 5.51
Scott Downs (H,4) 1.1000100 0.00
Jordan Walden (BS,1; L,0-1)0222001 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF3110110 .263
Ben Zobrist, 2B3011102 .188
Carlos Pena, 1B3000111 .284
Evan Longoria, 3B4000021 .309
Luke Scott, DH3100101 .280
Matt Joyce, RF4021010 .322
B.J. Upton, CF3110012 .235
Jose Molina, C3000001 .216
   a- Brandon Allen, PH1112000 .125
Sean Rodriguez, SS3010000 .216
Totals3047446  
a-homered for Molina in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
E - Ben Zobrist (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore 5.2532261 4.68
Burke Badenhop 2200010 4.00
Joel Peralta 0.1000010 9.00
Brandon Gomes (W,1-1) 1000020 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
Game Information
Attendance - 15417
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster