- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The home run closer Huston Street gave up to Kevin Kiermaier in the 10th inning was magnified because of the final result. Truth was, the Los Angeles Angels did plenty of things wrong before that in their 6-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Hector Santiago squandered a four-run lead in the sixth, giving up homers to rookies Joey Butler and Steven Souza Jr. that accounted for all five runs that inning, and the Angels ran themselves into three critical outs.

David Freese led off the sixth with a double and was waved around by third base coach Gary DiSarcina on a ground single toward the middle by Carlos Perez that went off the glove of diving shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. But Cabrera recovered in time and threw out Freese at the plate by a wide margin as he made a headfirst slide.

“I know that Gary DiSarcina had the same angle we did from the dugout,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “It looked like that ball tipped and went all the way into center field, but Cabrera got enough of it and got him at home.”

With the Angels still trailing by a run, Albert Pujols led off the eighth with a single and advanced to third on a single to right by Kole Calhoun, who was thrown out at second after trying to take the extra base on the throw to third by Souza.

In the ninth, Perez led off with a single - but pinch-runner Taylor Featherston was thrown out trying to steal second by Rene Rivera. It proved to be costly because the next two Angels got on base, and all they could salvage out of the inning was Erick Aybar’s tying sacrifice fly against closer Brad Boxberger (3-3).

Kiermaier then drove a 2-1 fastball from Street (2-2) deep into the right-field seats for his fourth homer of the season and the second allowed by Street in 23 innings this season.

“He was ahead 0-1 and then tried to get soft and got behind the count,” Scioscia said. “He came right back with the fastball and (Kiermaier) didn’t miss it. It’s going to happen. But Huston’s as consistent as any pitcher out there in the major leagues.”

Boxberger ended up with the victory after his first blown save in 16 chances. Former Angels righty Steve Geltz followed Xavier Cedeno out of the bullpen and got two outs for his second big league save.

“I think we’re flying under the radar, and we like it that way,” Souza said. “I don’t know when the point comes where teams take us seriously, but we’re going to keep going about our business the same way we’ve been doing since Day 1 and keep playing our game.”

Mike Trout and Johnny Giavotella homered to help the Angels build their 4-0 cushion.

Santiago got off to an inauspicious start, throwing 31 pitches in the first inning. But he escaped a bases-loaded jam unscathed, retiring Jake Elmore on a fly to right.

The Rays didn’t get another hit until the sixth, when Butler cut the Angels’ lead to 4-2. It was the fourth home run for Butler, who came in leading AL rookies with a .333 batting average and .519 slugging percentage.

Santiago gave up a single to Evan Longoria and a walk to Logan Forsythe, then got a visit from pitching coach Mike Butcher before Souza drove his 93rd and final pitch to left field for his 11th homer - most among the league’s rookies.

“It was a good pitch - a cutter in, which is what they try to do,” Souza said. “I just didn’t try to do too much with it. We put together some good at-bats before me and that kind of paved the way.”

Pujols made it 2-0 when he singled home Kirk Nieuwenhuis with two outs for his 1,631st RBI, five behind Ernie Banks for 29th on the career list.

Giavotella added a two-run shot in the fourth, the Angels’ 17th homer in eight games following a four-game stretch that didn’t produce any.


On the day the Stanley Cup Final opened in Florida, Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen and left wing Patrick Maroon took batting practice against Angels assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen and were chatting it up with Trout behind the cage while awaiting their turn. The Ducks would have hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 across the street at Honda Center had they not lost Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals to the Chicago Blackhawks.


Rays: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) faces Roenis Elias in the opener of a four-game series at Seattle on Thursday night.

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (4-4) will oppose Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi on Friday night in the opener of a three-game set at New York. The three-time All-Star has given up 19 home runs to the Yanks in 14 career starts - the most he’s allowed against any club outside the AL West.

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