Halos are swept by the Tampa Bay Rays

JUSTIN UPTON had two hits and a walk as the Angels lost 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday (Angels photo).

The Los Angeles Angels are continuing their newest swoon, losing 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida in Thursday. It was their fourth loss in a row as they were swept in three by the home team.

Garnering only three hits in the game, the Halos fell to 54-56, tying for their worst won-lost mark of the season.

Andrew Heaney (6-7) took the loss, going six innings while yielding six hits and four earned runs. He struck out five batters and walked none.

He didn’t get much support from the offense. Justin Upton reached three times on two hits and a walk, but there wasn’t much else coming out of the lineup. The Angels struck out 13 times against Ray pitchers.

Already trailing 4-0, the Angels closed the margin with two runs in the top of the seventh. Groundouts by Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marte scored Upton and Albert Pujols. To further complicate things for the Orange County team, Mike Trout was out of the lineup with a wrist concussion suffered on Wednesday. He’s listed as “day-to-day.”

The Angels will try to get back on track on Friday when Jaime Barria (6-7) takes the mound in Cleveland against Indians starter Michael Clevenger (7-7).

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