- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jered Weaver is the only regular starter currently in the Los Angeles Angels’ injury-ravaged rotation. And on the day after the club learned that Garrett Richards was done for the season, Weaver tried to do his part to help steer things in the right direction.

The three-time All-Star took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. But a sloppy error by first baseman C.J. Cron led to a tying two-run homer by Steven Souza Jr., and the Angels ended up losing 4-2 on Logan Forsythe’s two-run single in the ninth off Joe Smith.

“Losing isn’t fun, that’s for sure,” Weaver said. “We’ve got to find a way to snap out of it and try to get on a streak. It’s just a matter of time.”

Weaver ended up with a tough-luck no-decision after allowing two runs - one earned - and six hits through six innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

“Injuries or not, we’ve still got to go out and pitch,” he said. “Guys need to step up and not let injuries bother us. It’s not something you like to see happen, but the season goes on and you’ve still got to figure out ways to win.”

The Angels, who also have C.J. Wilson, Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs on the DL - and Matt Shoemaker working out some kinks in the minors - got a scare when Weaver had to leap for Cron’s underhanded toss on a grounder by Corey Dickerson and landed hard off the bag on his left foot.

Manager Mike Scioscia quickly got Greg Mahle up in the bullpen during pitching coach Charles Nagy’s visit to the mound. Weaver’s next batter was Souza, who drove the right-hander’s 3-2 delivery into the bullpen in left field for his seventh homer.

“Jered did a great job. He had good command of his fastball, and you can’t ask for much more,” Scioscia said. “He got us to a certain point of the game, and the play we didn’t make in the sixth inning came back to haunt us.

“Our guys need to exhale a little bit and focus on the process,” Scioscia added. “We haven’t gotten that key hit to fall in or that key pitch we’ve needed to make. Tonight we didn’t play the kind of defense we needed to play, and that’s obviously going to have an influence in the outcome of a game.”

In the ninth, Souza greeted Smith (0-2) with a leadoff single, then broke for second on a pitchout with Logan Morrison up. The throw from catcher Geovany Soto was so good that Souza retreated back toward first base. But shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ throw hit him in the back, allowing him to end up on second.

Souza was forced at third on Desmond Jennings’ bunt to Cron after a walk to Morrison, but Forsythe delivered the clutch hit on a 1-1 pitch after a walk to Curt Casali.

“I can’t do that. It killed me. It killed us” Smith said. “If I don’t walk the righty, I’d put us in a better spot,”

Erasmo Ramirez (6-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory and Alex Colome got three outs for his eighth save in as many chances.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi allowed five hits over six innings, including a two-run single by Simmons in the fifth. The right-hander has yielded fewer than three runs in five of his six no-decisions.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese will be recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sunday to make his season debut with the big club, five days after he struck out 14 batters at Indianapolis. The former UC- Riverside product made eight starts last season for the Rays as a rookie, going 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA.

Angels: RHP Nick Tropeano (1-1) is coming off a 5-4 loss last Tuesday at Milwaukee in which he gave up five runs, five hits, five walks and three home runs over five innings. He has gone no more than 5 2-3 innings in any of his five starts, but has thrown at least 89 pitches in each of them.

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