Angels Bats Explode Against Rays In Series Finale

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Kendrick, Napoli Lead Angels To 12-3 Win Over Rays

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim crowned Tampa Bay, 12-3, in the finale of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.

Howie Kendrick posted his first career five-hit game for the Angels, who salvaged a game in the set and stopped a three-game losing skid. Hideki Matsui collected two hits, scored three times and drove in three while Jeff Mathis added a pair of RBI in the rout.

Dan Haren (2-4) got the win by allowing just three hits and a run with eight strikeouts and four walks over six innings.

John Jaso finished 3-for-5 with a homer and drove in all three runs for the Rays, who had won nine of their last 11 coming in. With the loss, Tampa dropped a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East. New York plays Toronto later Wednesday.

Jeff Niemann (10-4), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the contest, was torched in defeat for a career-high 10 runs -- all earned -- and eight hits over 3 1/3 frames.

Jaso hit a solo homer to open the scoring for Tampa Bay in the first, but the Halos cranked out four in the home half on a bases-clearing three-run double from Matsui and an RBI double by Napoli.

Niemann was unable to work out of trouble in the third, as he gave up singles to Alberto Callaspo and Torii Hunter with a walk to Matsui to load the bases. Napoli cleared them with a grand slam to left for an 8-1 game.

The Tampa Bay starter wasn't pulled until he allowed a leadoff Kendrick double and a one-out walk to Hunter in the fourth. Andy Sonnanstine was called on, but walked Matsui and Napoli to force in a run, then a Mathis double scored two to make it 11-1.

Kendrick's sixth-inning RBI single gave the Angels a 12th run, before the Rays finally struck back on Jaso's two-run double in the seventh.

This was the first 12-run game for the Angels since a 12-0 victory over the Cubs in Chicago on June 19...It was Napoli's second career grand slam...Callaspo had two hits and scored once while Hunter walked and scored three times...Prior to the contest, the Rays optioned pitcher Dale Thayer to Triple-A Durham to complete the Niemann transaction.

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Today's Angels-Rays Lineups

Here are today’s lineups in the series finale:

Rays
Jaso C
Zobrist 2B
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Peña DH
Joyce RF
Johnson 1B
Upton CF
Brginac SS
Niemann P

Angels
Abreu LF
Kendrick 2B
Callaspo 3B
Hunter RF
Matsui DH
Napoli 1B
Willits CF
Mathis C
Wood SS
Haren P

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Angels Turn To Haren To Avoid Sweep Against Rays

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays got a boost on Tuesday with the return of Wade Davis. Today they hope for that same kind of lift when Jeff Niemann returns from the disabled list to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the finale of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.

Davis pitched into the sixth inning in his first game off the disabled list on Tuesday, while Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered off Ervin Santana, as the Rays rolled to a 10-3 win.

"It's always nice to have a cushion out there," Davis said. "My shoulder was loose tonight. My command was pretty good. I lost it a little bit, but was able to get it back."

Davis (10-9), who hadn't pitched since August 5 due to a right shoulder strain, won his fifth straight decision. The right-hander gave up six hits and two runs, while fanning five over 5 1/3 innings in the middle test of this three-game series.

John Jaso singled in two runs during Tampa Bay's four-run second inning, on a night the Rays stayed tied for the lead in the AL East. They have won four straight and nine of 11 and are still even with the Yankees, who won at Toronto earlier Tuesday.

The Rays had never beaten the Angels in a series prior to this season, now they've done it twice, winning two of three games back in May. Prior to 2010, the Angels were 14-0-1 all-time at home in series vs. Tampa Bay.

Hideki Matsui had three hits, including a solo homer, for the Angels, who have lost three in a row and seven of nine. They now stand 10 games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Howie Kendrick homered for the Angels, who are 2- for-25 with runners in scoring position over these two games.

Santana (13-9) permitted eight hits and six runs over 5 1/3 frames and had a three-start winning streak snapped.

"We're definitely not bringing the level of play to the field that we should be," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's frustrating. We'll now see what we're made of."

Niemann returns from a stint on the DL tonight and will try to stay unbeaten against the AL West for his career. The right-hander, who had been sidelined with a shoulder strain, is 1-0 in three starts against the Angels and a perfect 5-0 against the West.

The 27-year-old right-hander had won four of his last five decisions before heading to the DL after his August 3 outing against Minnesota. He is 10-3 on the year with a 3.12 ERA.

Los Angeles will counter with righty Dan Haren, who is 1-4 with the Angels with a 4.39 ERA. He lost his second straight start on Friday in Minnesota, as the Twins ripped him for seven runs and 11 hits in seven innings.

Haren is 4-2 lifetime against the Rays with a 2.74 ERA in seven starts.

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