The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to pick up a quick series win on Saturday night and perhaps another game in the standings. Instead, they were the victims of some bad calls and couldn't quite find that big hit in a 3-0 shutout loss.
The Rays scored single runs in each of the first three innings against Halos starter C.J. Wilson. Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly in the first, Sean Rodriguez scored on a fielding error in the second and Zobrist hit a two-out solo home run in the third, his 12th of the year.
The Angels' best chance -- and unluckiest break -- came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Los Angeles loaded the bases with two outs. On a wild pitch, Bobby Wilson attempted to come home and was called out when Matt Moore received the throw from catcher Jose Molina and performed a swipe tag. The play ended the inning, although replays showed that the swipe tag never touched Wilson.
Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore held the Angels to just four hits and two walks in 6.1 innings. Wilson takes the loss and is yet again unable to pick up his 10th win, falling to 9-7.
With the loss, the Angels slip behind the Oakland Athletics and are now in third place in the American League West. They will still have a chance to capture the series on Sunday and are still just four games behind the Texas Rangers in the division.
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