Angels Comeback From 5-0 First-Inning Deficit, Beat Tampa Bay To Win Series

The Angels were down 5-0 after the first inning.

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Angels, Once Down 5-0, Beat Rays, 6-5

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter scored the eventual game- winning run in the eighth and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim topped the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Hank Conger had a solo home run for the Angels, who have won four of their last six games. Rich Thompson (1-1) got the win with three strikeouts and surrendering one hit in the seventh inning.

Jered Weaver was supposed to be on the bump for the Halos, but was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus. Instead, rookie right-hander Tyler Chatwood got the call and was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in four innings. Matt Joyce went 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Rays, who came into the series with a five-game winning streak. Joel Peralta (1-1) got the loss, allowing the one run on a hit in the eighth.

For more news and information on the Angels, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Rays: Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Angels try to capture their second series win in Tampa Bay this season, battling the Rays in the finale of their three-game series. Jered Weaver, who has six wins in six starts and a sub-1.00 ERA (0.99), was scratched from Sunday's start with a stomach virus. In his place, Tyler Chatwood makes the start. Chatwood, making his fifth major league start, is the veteran on the mound today, as Alex Cobb makes his major league debut for Tampa Bay.

The Angels are 9-5 on the road this season, and have averaged 5.1 runs per game away from home. Today's 10:40 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. Here are today's starting lineups:

Angels (15-12)

Aybar SS
Abreu DH
Kendrick 2B
Hunter RF
Callaspo 3B
Wells LF
Conger C
Trumbo 1B
Bourjos CF

Rays (15-12)

Fuld LF
Damon DH
Upton CF
Joyce RF
Zobrist 2B
Kotchman 1B
Lopez 3B
Jaso C
Brignac SS

For more news and information on the Angels, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Jered Weaver Scratched With Stomach Virus, Angels Battle Rays In Matchup Of Rookie Pitchers

It looks like the only thing that can stop Jered Weaver right now is health. Weaver was scratched from Sunday's start, as the Angels try to win a series in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Weaver has a stomach virus, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, and rookie Tyler Chatwood gets the start today.

The Angels have already made two trips to Tampa Bay this season, and have won three of their four contests with the Rays. James Shields took a shutout into the ninth inning in Saturday's contest, but the Angels tied the game at 1-1, sending it to extra innings. A wild pitch by Fernando Rodney in the 10th inning allowed Matt Joyce to score the winning run.

Alex Cobb, a 23-year old pitcher who was 10-5 with a 2.60 ERA in Double A and Triple A since the beginning of last season, gets the start today for Tampa Bay, making his major league debut. The right-hander was drafted in the fourth round in 2006. Chatwood is making his fifth start of the season for the Angels, and is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

For more news and information on the Angels, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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