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Home runs lead the Rays to a series sweep against Angels

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The Tampa Bay Rays have scored an inordinate amount of their runs via the long ball.

On a day such as Sunday, who’s complaining?
The Rays hit two more home runs against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, powering their way to a 3-1 victory. It was the first series sweep of the season for the Rays, and it lifted them above .500 at 15-14 for the year.

In all, it wasn’t a bad day for the Rays, who got the win from call-up starter Matt Andriese, who threw seven innings of four-hit baseball. Alex Colome recorded his ninth save of the season.

Brad Miller hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and Curt Casali hit one in the fifth.

It was the Rays’ 39th home run in 29 games, a team record. The home run has accounted for 56 of 103 runs for the Rays this year.

For the Rays, Matt Moore will pitch tonight against Seattle’s Felix Hernandez.

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

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