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L.A. Angels (59-71) «0001003026100
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Error, Aybar's clutch hit propel Angels past Rays in ninth

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A misplayed ball helped keep the playoff-hopeful Tampa Bay Rays in a little funk.

Erick Aybar drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a late four-run deficit to beat the Rays 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Jose Molina had three hits and three RBI for Tampa Bay, which has lost three in a row. The Rays, leading the AL wild-card race, are 2½ games behind AL East-leading Boston.

"To permit that many runs late, we've done that way too many times," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've got to stop doing that."

Tampa Bay has blown 15 leads this year in the seventh inning or later, and this is the 12th time it has lost such a game.

Aybar hit a two-run double off closer Fernando Rodney (5-4) to put the Angels up 6-5 in the ninth.

"With a pitcher like Fernando you don't want to think too much," Aybar said. "Just look for a pitch in the zone and make contact."

Peter Bourjos stole second and went to third when center fielder Desmond Jennings dropped J.B. Shuck's fly ball for a two-base error. Aybar then followed with the key hit.

"I just missed it," Jennings said. "It hit the tip of my glove."

It was just Jennings' second error over the past two seasons.

"It was really strange," Maddon said. "The last thing you'd expect would be for that to happen."

Aybar also had a two-run single during a three-run seventh that made it 5-4.

"Aybar hurt us," Maddon said.

The Rays entered with the majors' best record, at 37-13, against teams under .500 this season, according to STATS.

The Angels (59-71) have a four-game winning streak.

After Ernesto Frieri (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth, Dane De La Rosa got the final three outs for his second save.

Tampa Bay went up 3-1 during the fifth on Molina's third straight hit off C.J. Wilson, a two-run double. James Loney made it 5-1 with a two-run single in the sixth.

Molina entered 0 for 13 against Wilson.

Roberto Hernandez allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. He left with two on and no outs in the seventh. Jake McGee entered and gave up a run-scoring grounder to Shuck and Aybar's two-run single that got the Angels within 5-4.

Wilson, who had gone 5-0 over his previous eight starts, gave up three runs, eight hits and five walks over five innings.

"We score runs and we've got a lot of guys that are hungry and want to do some damage in these last few weeks of the season," Wilson said. "Tampa Bay's on their way to playoffs, possibly, and if we can cause any disruptions, that's really the only thing we can do right now."

Mike Trout tied it at 1 in the fourth on his 23rd home run this season. It was his second home run in six at-bats against Hernandez, who struck out Trout with two on and two outs one inning later.

Molina put Tampa Bay up 1-0 on an RBI double in the second. Wilson avoided a big inning by getting an inning-ending bases-loaded fly ball from Ben Zobrist.

Tampa Bay's Wil Myers popped out with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth.

Notes

Tampa Bay optioned struggling RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Class A Charlotte for extra rest. He is not expected to pitch in the minors and should rejoin the Rays early next month. ... Angels INF Howie Kendrick (left knee) continues running and taking grounders. "We definitely expect him to play this year," manager Mike Scioscia said. ... Wilson tripped running out to pitch in the second and fell to the ground between the third base line and the mound. ... Tampa Bay All-Star LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) will make his scheduled rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Durham. He could rejoin the rotation on Sept. 3. ... The Rays plan to recall RHP Jake Odorizzi from Durham to start Thursday against the Angels. LHP David Price will have his start pushed back one day to Friday at Oakland. ... Rays DH Luke Scott (lower back spasms) will join Durham for a rehab assignment Wednesday.

 
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Erick Aybar knocks in two of his four RBI as the Angels rally for a 6-5 win over the Rays. (USATSI)
Erick Aybar knocks in two of his four RBI as the Angels rally for a 6-5 win over the Rays. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

E. Aybar
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

J. Molina
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, DH5111010 .291
Erick Aybar, SS4024100 .277
Mike Trout, LF5121034 .331
Josh Hamilton, RF3010212 .236
Mark Trumbo, 1B5000014 .238
Hank Conger, C4010020 .251
Chris Nelson, 3B3110122 .231
Grant Green, 2B3120110 .280
Peter Bourjos, CF3200112 .284
Totals356106612  
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar (23, Rodney)
HR - Mike Trout (23, R. Hernandez)
RBI - J.B. Shuck (32), Erick Aybar 4 (46), Mike Trout (81)
SB - Peter Bourjos (5, 2nd base off Rodney/Molina)
CS - Chris Nelson (1, 2nd base by R. Hernandez/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Trumbo-Aybar
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson 5833550 3.36
Cory Rasmus 0.1122110 9.00
Buddy Boshers 0.2100100 2.70
Michael Kohn 1000110 3.56
Ernesto Frieri (W,2-4) 1000000 4.17
Dane De La Rosa (S,2) 1000100 3.45
IBB - Myers by Cory Rasmus, Escobar by Buddy Boshers
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 111-63, Cory Rasmus 10-4, Buddy Boshers 16-8, Michael Kohn 11-6, Ernesto Frieri 10-7, Dane De La Rosa 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 3-7, Buddy Boshers 2-0, Dane De La Rosa 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 28, Cory Rasmus 3, Buddy Boshers 4, Michael Kohn 3, Ernesto Frieri 3, Dane De La Rosa 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4000112 .248
Ben Zobrist, 2B4120113 .273
Evan Longoria, 3B3000221 .272
Wil Myers, DH3100214 .292
Sean Rodriguez, LF3110001 .248
   a-David DeJesus, PH-LF2000000 .253
Yunel Escobar, SS2220300 .267
James Loney, 1B5022025 .304
Jose Molina, C4033002 .245
   b-Matt Joyce, PH1000001 .259
Sam Fuld, RF4000004 .201
Totals35510597  
a-grounded out for S. Rodriguez in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (31, Rasmus), Yunel Escobar (21, Wilson), Jose Molina 2 (11, Wilson)
RBI - James Loney 2 (58), Jose Molina 3 (16)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney 2 (26)
CS - Ben Zobrist (2, 2nd base by Kohn/Conger)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Loney, Longoria-Zobrist-Loney-Escobar-Zobrist-Loney
E - Desmond Jennings (2, Dropped line drive)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez 6833361 4.95
Jake McGee (H,24) 1111120 3.98
Joel Peralta (H,33) 1000030 3.05
Fernando Rodney (L,5-4; BS,8) 1121210 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 94-60, Jake McGee 17-11, Joel Peralta 13-10, Fernando Rodney 31-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 6-3, Jake McGee 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 26, Jake McGee 5, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 7
Game Information
Attendance - 12939
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Winters