Los Angeles Angels

Trout’s homer not enough in 6-5 loss

MIKE TROUT homered in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 6-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on the road Sunday (Flickr/Keith Allison).

You’re probably as tired of reading this as they are tired of living it. The Los Angeles Angels on Sunday again fell short of reaching the .500 mark, losing 6-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida.

Mike Trout’s two-run home run in the top the ninth brought the Halos (35-37) close, but it wasn’t enough.

The Orange County team outhit the Rays 11-9 but could only get one hit with runners in scoring position. The teams traded runs for the first half of the game, with Tampa Bay (43-28) taking a 4-3 lead into the last two innings.

Again, Yandy Diaz was a major tormenter, singling home Tommy Pham. in the bottom of the eighth. Taylor Cole’s wild pitch brought home another run to put the Rays up 6-3.

Trout’s homer drew the Angels within one run, and they had the tying run in scoring position when Shohei Ohtani singled and advanced to second on a slow grounder by Albert Pujols. But Kole Calhoun was called out on strikes, ending the game.

Taylor Canning (2-3) took the loss. He went six innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs. He struck out seven and walked none, but gave up home runs to Pham and Brandon Lowe.

Top hitters for the Angels were Trout (2-for-4, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk), Ohtani (2-for-4, a run scored), David Fletcher (two RBIs) and Brian Goodwin (2-for-4).

The Angels now move on to Toronto on Monday to start a four-game series against the Blue Jays (26-45).

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