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Angels Lose 4-3 In Extra Innings, Get Swept By Tampa Bay

It was another night of missed opportunities for the Angels as the Tampa Bay Rays sweep their 3-game series taking the final game 4-3 in ten innings. 

The Angels (30-34) failed to capitalize with runners on second and third with none out in the 2nd inning when Rays' starter James Shields struck out the next three batters to end the threat.  In the 5th the Angels had the bases loaded with one out when Torii Hunter hit into his league leading 17th double play.

Bobby Abreu finally got a clutch hit in the 8th with a bases clearing, 3-run double to tie the game, but the Angels were unable to take the lead when he was stranded at third when Mark Trumbo popped out to short and Vernon Wells struck out to end the inning.

In what's becoming a theme for the Angels starters, Jered Weaver pitched well enough to win, but was once again left with nothing to show for his effort.  Weaver went 7.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 5 and walking one.

Fernando Rodney (2-3) entered the game in the 10th inning and immediately walked the first batter he faced followed by an infield single to pinch-hitter Evan Longoria.  The go-ahead run scored after John Jaso stole 3rd and was squeezed home by Reid Brignac putting the Rays (33-29) back on top.

Juan Cruz (3-0) pitched a perfect 9th to get the win and Kyle Farnsworth earned his 13th save of the season with a scoreless 10th.

The loss is the Angels 5th straight, tying their season worst stretch and dropping them to 5.5 games behind the division leading Texas Rangers.