Angels send Rays to fifth straight loss

Updated: September 3, 2013

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Erick Aybar smacked a two-run homer and added a
two-run triple in the LA Angels of Anaheim’s 11-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays
in the opener of a four-game set.

Garrett Richards (5-6) surrendered just a run on two hits, but walked seven
over five frames for the Angels, who have won five in a row and nine of their
last 10 tilts.

“My control was to say the least a little off. I have to get back to pounding
the zone. We got the win and that’s the most important thing,” Richards said.

Chris Archer (8-6) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk over 3 2/3
innings for Tampa Bay, which dropped its fifth straight contest as is two
games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for the AL’s second wild-card spot. The
New York Yankees are 2 1/2 games back.

“We saw a lot of pitches from Richards, but we only had two hits. I think it’s
more about pressing. We need to come out and play like we did as kids,” Rays
manager Joe Maddon said.

Ben Zobrist cracked a solo shot and added an RBI single in defeat.

Zobrist’s one-out solo shot in the first opened the scoring, but the Angels
answered with a run in the home half, added another in the third and poured it
on with a three-run fourth.

Josh Hamilton’s RBI double in the home first tied it and Kole Calhoun’s one-
out single in the third put the Halos in front. A J.B. Shuck RBI groundout and
Aybar’s two-run blast accounted for the runs in the fourth to give the Angels
a 5-1 spread.

Wil Myers struck out with the bases loaded in the fifth to keep it a 5-1 game.
Zobrist’s two-out RBI single in the sixth cut the spread to 5-2 before the
Halos turned the game into a rout with a five-run home sixth.

Aybar had a two-run triple, Hank Conger deposited an RBI single into right
field, Luis Jimenez registered a sacrifice fly and Peter Bourjos’ two-out RBI
single upped the Angels’ advantage to 10-2.

Pinch-hitter Grant Green’s first career homer, a leadoff shot into the front
row of seats to right-center in the seventh, made it 11-2.

Game Notes

Mike Trout stole two bases, which gives him 31 on the season … Aybar’s homer
was his fifth of the season … The Angels were 8-for-17 with runners in
scoring position … Rays positional player Sam Fuld recorded the final out in
the eighth. He became the third positional player to pitch for Tampa Bay in
franchise history.