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Angels beat up Rays’ bullpen before the reshuffling

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This time, the bullpen could not close the door.

And, this time, the Tampa Bay Rays went down hard.

One night after being shut down by the Rays’ relief pitchers, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim erupted for a 6-2 victory Thursday night. The Angels scored three in the seventh, highlighted by Mike Trout’s run-scoring double, and two in the ninth on a home run by Albert Pujols, to take the deciding game of the series. The homer by Pujols broke his tie on the all-time home run record, putting him in 16th place ahead of Mickey Mantle.

The Rays had led early, 2-0, on a home run by Steven Souza Jr. Starter Alex Colome had left the game in the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead.

After the game, the pitching-depleted Rays juggled their roster to try to bring in reinforcements. Pitcher Preston Guilmet was sent back to Durham. Pitcher Andrew Bellati was placed on the disabled list, and Enny Romero will take his place. Backup catcher Bobby Wilson was designated for assignment so pitcher Mike Andriese could be brought up to start tonight’s game.

The Rays will have only one catcher, Rene Rivera, for tonight’s game against the White Sox, which will begin at 7:10 p.m.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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