C.J. Wilson lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his return from the disabled list as Tampa Bay snapped the Angels’ winning streak, 10-3.
The left-hander allowed six runs through the first two innings, initiated by Evan Longoria’s two-run homer in the first. Four consecutive one-out singles in the following frame sealed Wilson’s (8-7) fate. Saturday night’s outing was his first since suffering an ankle injury last month.
Wilson- who yielded six runs or more for the fourth time this season- was relieved by Cory Rasmus who tossed 1 ½ scoreless innings. Recent call-up lefty Michael Roth didn’t fare as well, surrendering four runs on seven hits. Roth threw 87 pitches in his first appearance since July 5.
A three-run fourth innings was all the Angels could muster off Rays’ starter Chris Archer (7-6), who recorded a season-high nine strikeouts. Howie Kendrick and Hank Conger each notched RBI doubles and David Freese’s fielder’s choice’s brought the Angels’ three runs closer.
Momentum started shifting in the Halos’ favor but a controversial strikeout of Kole Calhoun ended the rally. With runners in scoring position, the right fielder struck out on a 3-2 fastball that appeared above the strike zone. Calhoun took the pitch and umpire Larry Vanover rung him up.
Unfortunately, Tampa Bay’s bullpen tossed three scoreless innings from there, en route to the team’s 54th victory. Los Angeles, meanwhile, drops to 65-44 and trails Oakland by two games for the AL West lead.