Angels vent after fifth straight loss

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia and ace pitcher Jered Weaver each has managed to stay cool despite some aggravating stretches this season.

For Scioscia, it has been watching his team fail to score night after night.

For Weaver, it has been pitching his heart out while the Angels failed to score, start after start.

After Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings, things began boiling over just a bit. Scioscia blasted some hitters' approaches with runners in scoring position and Weaver admitted the frustration of pitching with little -- or usually, no -- run support is beginning to get to him.

"I wish we were playing tomorrow. I wish we were coming out here and playing tomorrow, because we need to get our nose to the grindstone and start getting after it," Scioscia said. "We need to get those tough at-bats, understanding just, 'Put the barrel on the ball and play better baseball.' This has gone far too long.

"It doesn't matter if we have Salt Lake coming in, it doesn't matter if we have Altoona coming in, it doesn't matter if we have Orem coming in. We've got to play better baseball, that's the bottom line."

Weaver left the game in the eighth inning, having given up three runs and six hits. After Scioscia pulled him following Ben Zobrist's RBI triple, he threw his glove at the Angels' bench rather forcefully. The Angels have given Weaver no runs of support in three of his last five starts.

The Angels were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and struck out 11 times Wednesday, continuing themes that have wrecked their offensive chemistry. They've lost five straight games.

Other than Bobby Abreu's three-run double in the eighth, it was another night of nothingness, particularly with runners on base.

"The whole night was a little frustrating. We get some opportunities and don't come through sometimes," Weaver said.