Despite a season-high 11 strikeouts by C.J. Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels dropped their third straight game Wednesday night, falling 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Wilson (2-2) allowed just two runs in seven frames while walking two, but was hung with the loss.
Ben Zobrist opened the scoring for the Rays with a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning, the fifth home run in two days by Tampa Bay against Halos pitching. Later in the inning, Jeff Keppinger doubled home Carlos Pena for a 2-0 Tampa Bay lead.
Vernon Wells cut into that lead in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run, his fourth of the season. That was the only run allowed by Jeremy Hellickson in six innings. Hellickson (3-0) struck out five and allowed five hits while walking two to earn the win.
Ex-Halo Fernando Rodney allowed a run in the ninth inning but earned the save, his sixth of the season for Tampa Bay.
Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 with a walk, extending his slump to 0-for-19. The Angels try to avoid the sweep on Thursday afternoon, with Jerome WIlliams taking the mound against Matt Moore.
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