Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning for his 597th career homer, but that was it for offense Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Angels lost 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
The loss didn’t do any damage to the Angels’ standing, though, as their 25-24 record is still in a virtual tie with the Texas Rangers (24-23) for second place in the American League West. Both teams trail the Houston Astros by seven games.
The Angels got only four hits in the game, as the Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez worked six innings, giving up four hits and two runs. He walked one batter and struck out two.
Ricky Nolasco (2-4) also went six innings and was tagged for seven hits and five runs. He struck out six and walked two, but was touched for three home runs.
On Thursday, the Angels will wrap up the series with the Rays, then head down the coast to start a three-game series with the Miami Marlins on Friday. The Halos will be back in Anaheim on Monday to take on the Atlanta Braves.