American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Friday, July 27th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 3, Tampa Bay 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - The Angels got a boost Friday afternoon when
they won the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, and hours later put one in the win
column with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Angels parted ways with three prospects for Greinke, a former AL Cy Young
Award winner who went 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA for the Brewers this season. Greinke
will serve as another formidable arm in a solid rotation that includes Jered
Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren.
Haren (8-8) opened the three-game series by holding Tampa Bay to one run -- on
Jeff Keppinger's homer -- and five hits over six-plus innings.
"They came out aggressive, and I tried to keep them off-balance with my soft
stuff," Haren said. "My command was better tonight, working it in and out."
The Angels scored all of their runs in the third thanks to Albert Pujols' two-
run double off the glove of a diving Sam Fuld and Mark Trumbo's run-scoring
base hit to left.
The inning was the only hiccup for Alex Cobb (4-8), who lasted seven innings
and allowed three runs on eight hits -- four coming in the pivotal third.
Keppinger went 3-for-4 and cranked his fourth homer of the season in the
second inning. He was the lone bright spot for the Rays' offense, which went
0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
"We have to do better. We're just not hitting," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Haren was cruising until the seventh, when he gave up a leadoff double to
Keppinger and walked Carlos Pena.
Kevin Jepsen entered from the bullpen and retired the next three hitters, and
Scott Downs worked a scoreless eighth to keep it a two-run game.
Ernesto Frieri closed out the Angels' fourth win in five games and his 12th
save of the season with a perfect ninth.
In exchange for Greinke, the Angels dealt 22-year-old shortstop Jean Segura
and a pair of Double-A pitchers -- Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg...Pujols, who
missed the Angels' previous game due to a sore elbow, went 3-for-4...The
Angels had lost the previous six in the series...Haren has allowed at least
one home run in seven straight games...Tampa Bay fell to 2-2 on its nine-game
07/28 01:16:57 ET