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Bullpen can't hold lead as Rays losing streak reaches three games

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Roberto Hernandez threw into the seventh inning but got a no-decision Tuesday.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Jose Molina doubled twice and drove in three, but Erick Aybar's two-run double in the ninth inning gave the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Molina staked Roberto Hernandez to an early lead after one-out singles by Yunel Escobar and James Loney put a pair on for the Rays catcher in the second inning.  Molina doubled in Escobar for a 1-0 lead.

Mike Trout drew the Angels back even in the fourth, launching a long solo home run to left-center, his 23rd of the year.

The Rays went ahead for good in the fifth, as Sean Rodriguez reached on an infield single and Escobar doubled before Molina drove them both in with a double to make it 3-1.

Tampa Bay extended their lead an inning later, when an two-out bases loaded single by Loney brought in Zobrist and Wil Myers for a 5-1 lead.

The Angels scored three times in the seventh on an RBI groundout by J.B. Shuck and a two-run single by Aybar, but could get no closer as reliever Jake McGee struck out Trout and Josh Hamilton to end the inning.

Fernando Rodney (5-4) led off the ninth by walking Grant Green, who was erased on a fielder's choice by Peter Bourjos.  Bourjos then stole second base and moved to third on a fielding error by Jennings on a Shuck blooper.  Aybar then doubled into the right-centerfield gap to bring in both runners and set the score.

Tampa Bay can even the series with a win Wednesday, as Chris Archer (7-5, 2.93 ERA) takes on Garrett Richards (4-5, 3.95 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

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