- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout realizes that the season appears to be turning sour for the Los Angeles Angels, who are losing injured players nearly as quickly as they’re losing games.

Trout remains confident his club can turn it all around after a lost weekend at Angel Stadium.

Matt Andriese pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Brad Miller hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 3-1 victory Sunday.

Yunel Escobar had two singles for the Angels, who didn’t get an extra-base hit and couldn’t score after the first inning in their seventh loss in nine games.

“We’ve got to stay positive,” said Trout, who went 1 for 3 with a walk. “We’re just going through a funk right now, but things will turn. It’s a long season, so that’s the only thing you look at. You can’t look at what happened the last few weeks. Obviously, it’s not the start we wanted coming out of spring training, but we’ve got to turn the page.”

The Angels managed only five singles and failed to score after the first inning. They also lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a sprained left thumb, capping a miserable weekend of injury news. Los Angeles lost ace Garrett Richards to a serious elbow injury on Friday, joining closer Huston Street and several other talented arms on the injured list.

“I wouldn’t say it’s derailing our season, because it’s only May,” Trout said. “We’ve got a lot of baseball left, so we can’t hang our heads. But when you lose your starting shortstop, your ace, a bunch of other pitchers and your closer, it’s a tough stretch.”

Simmons came down awkwardly on his glove while diving to stop Evan Longoria’s grounder. Simmons, who snapped an 0-for-21 skid at the plate a day earlier, will have an MRI on Monday.

Simmons’ frustration was obvious in his face when he came off the field.

“Andrelton obviously wants to play, but there’s no way he could continue,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We have some guys that are banged up, but you can’t hang your head and feel sorry for yourself. We still have a core group in there that can win games, and that’s what we’re going to focus on. We’ve lost some guys who are important, but the guys that are in there have a lot of heart and they’re going to play hard. Hopefully we’ll have better results.”

Nick Tropeano (1-2) struck out 10 while pitching into the sixth inning for Los Angeles, yielding seven hits and two walks. He is winless in five straight starts despite mostly pitching well for the light-hitting Angels.

“We’re a good team,” Tropeano said. “We’re taking some good (at-bats), but we’re hitting some balls right at guys. I wouldn’t want to be one of those guys to face us when those balls start falling.”

HOMECOMING FOR ANDRIESE

Andriese (1-0) shut down the Angels with a big contingent of family and friends in the stands behind the Rays’ dugout, including his parents and two brothers. The UC Riverside product is from Redlands, California, about 50 miles northeast of Anaheim.

Andriese trailed after the Angels’ first four batters when Albert Pujols’ sacrifice fly fell about 3 feet shy of a 3-run homer, but he allowed two more hits and no more runs.

He was at his best in escaping a two-on, no-out jam in the sixth, striking out Trout and getting Pujols to ground into a double play.

HOMERS

Miller connected in the third for his second homer and sixth hit in the weekend series. Curt Casali hit his third homer in 13 May at-bats on Tropeano’s first pitch of the fifth inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: LHP C.J. Wilson threw off a mound for the first time since March in his return from shoulder tendinitis. Apparently the session went well, but the $77.5 million starter is still a long way from returning, manager Mike Scioscia said.

UP NEXT

Rays: Matt Moore (1-3, 4.95 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series at Seattle.

Angels: After a day off, Hector Santiago (2-1, 3.58 ERA) will open an interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals in Anaheim.

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