Washburn fails to win 16th game against lowly Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- With Jarrod Washburn pitching against the
team with baseball's worst record, the Anaheim Angels thought they
could open ground over Seattle in the AL wild-card race.

Instead, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, after trailing most of the
game, rallied to beat Anaheim 8-5 in 10 innings Wednesday night.

The Angels remained a half-game up on Seattle, which lost 2-1 to
Minnesota, and fell four back of AL West leader Oakland.

"We shot ourselves in the foot,'' Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia
said. "They really took it to our bullpen.''

Washburn, trying to become Anaheim's first 16-game winner since
1993, pitched six-plus innings, giving up three runs on six hits.
He had lost his last two starts -- his only losses in consecutive
starts this season.

Devil Rays closer Esteban Yan, pitching for the first time in a
week, shut out Anaheim on two hits over the final three innings to
get the win after Tampa Bay scored twice in the seventh, twice in
the eighth, then won it with a three-run outburst against Al Levine
in the 10th.

Yan (6-7), who threw 38 pitches, didn't mind the relatively long

"It had been a long time since I had pitched, so I was very
rested,'' he said. "When I get the opportunity, I always want to
make the best of it.''

Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae was pleased.

"He hadn't pitched in a while, and since we have others who can
close, we don't have to play it so close to the vest,'' McRae said
of Yan's three-inning stint. "He only threw about 40 pitches.''

The extra-inning game was a major league-high 18th of the season
for Tampa Bay, which is 8-10 in those games.

Aubrey Huff and Randy Winn had three hits each.

Jared Sandberg, hitless in his first four at-bats, drove in the
go-ahead run with an RBI double in the 10th. His hit followed
consecutive singles by Winn and Huff.

The Devil Rays scored two more against Levine on John Flaherty's
RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Brent Abernathy.

Levine (4-3) gave up three runs on four hits in the one inning
he pitched.

The Devil Rays trailed 5-1 heading into the seventh inning.

Anaheim reliever Scott Schoeneweis walked Andy Sheets leading
off the eighth and Winn followed with a double. Huff hit a slow
roller to second for an infield single, and second baseman Adam
Kennedy threw wildly to first.

Sheets scored on the hit, and Winn came home on the error.

Washburn yielded to Ben Weber after giving up a two-run homer to
Ben Grieve in the seventh.

Weber left the game later in the inning with a bruised right
shin after being struck by a line drive hit by Carl Crawford. Weber
was taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays.

The Angels scored three runs in the sixth for a four-run lead.
Brad Fullmer drew a one-out walk, stole second and went to third on
a wild pitch. Wilson Alvarez replaced Jorge Sosa and hit Kennedy,
the first batter he faced, with a pitch.

David Eckstein followed with an RBI double, then Erstad grounded
to second for what would have been a routine third out. Second
baseman Felix Escalona, however, threw far wide of first base and
both Kennedy and Eckstein scored on the error.

Grieve's 15th homer, a shot over the wall in right, narrowed the
gap to two runs.

Kennedy, who had three hits, drove in two runs with a triple in
the second inning.

Game notes
Anaheim RF Tim Salmon, recovering from a bruised left hand,
may play in a couple of games at Class A Rancho Cucamonga before
that team's season ends on Sunday. ... Anaheim OF Orlando Palmeiro,
given Tuesday off after bruising his ribs when he ran into the wall
at Fenway Park a night earlier, started Wednesday but gave way to a
pinch-hitter in sixth inning. ... Nineteen of the Devil Rays' final
31 games are against clubs above .500, including Anaheim, the New
York Yankees and Boston.