Angels take Rays deep in homer-filled victory

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The Tampa Bay Rays couldn’t keep the ball in the yard Monday night.

The Rays lost to the Las Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 7-3, and slipped back into second place in the American League East race. Four home runs by the Angels did them in.

In particular, it was the Angels’ stars who highlighted the way. Anaheim has had its problems offensively as of late, but not against the Rays. Albert Pujols hit two home runs for the Angels – his fifth in five games — and Mike Trout had a three-run homer on an 0-2 count, the fourth time this season he has connected on a two-strike pitch.

For the Rays, pitcher Alex Colome struggled.

The Rays now trail the Yankees by one game in the AL East. Chris Archer pitches for them tonight against C.J. Wilson.

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