Final

Series: Game 1 of 2

Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (as of 7/21)

Game 1: Monday, July 21
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 22
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(49-48, 20-28 away)

Devil Rays 3

(35-62, 22-30 home)

    7:15 PM ET, July 21, 2003

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: R. Bell (2-2)

    L: A. Sele (6-7)

    S: T. Harper (1)

    Angels lose season-high fifth straight game

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels have not struggled like this in a long time.

    Rob Bell allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the World Series champions 3-2 Monday night, extending the Angels' losing streak to a season-high five.

    "We'll be fine," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think we're a good enough team to absorb a stretch like this. The character of this team is incredible. It's a strength that is special to this group of guys."

    Anaheim, which had won five in a row heading into the All-Star break, is on its longest losing streak since dropping six straight April 8-13 last year.

    "We look at ourselves as the team struggling and trying to get out of it," Anaheim's Adam Kennedy said after losing to the AL's second-worst team. "We weren't looking for an easy game from them."

    Angels third baseman Troy Glaus left with a bruised right shoulder during the third inning. He was moving to his left when pitcher Aaron Sele deflected Julio Lugo's bunt, and Glaus went down when he tried to stop and switch directions.

    Anaheim said X-rays were normal and Glaus was day to day.

    "I don't know," Glaus said of status. "We'll see tomorrow."

    The Angels had a runner in scoring position in each of the first three innings, including a man on third with no outs in the third, but failed to score. Anaheim went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position over that stretch.

    "A lack of offense," Kennedy said. "We're not putting any rallies together."

    Bell (2-2), who struck out four, retired 13 straight before back-to-back doubles to Kennedy and David Eckstein in the eighth.

    "It was fun to pitch," Bell said. "I was just executing pitches."

    All-Star Lance Carter allowed Anaheim to put runners at the corners when Scott Spiezio walked with one out in the ninth and Shawn Wooten singled.

    Jeff DaVanon hit a sacrifice fly, and Travis Harper retired Bengie Molina on a grounder for his first save of the season, the second of his career. The throw by third baseman Damian Rolls was in the dirt and was scooped up by Travis Lee at first.

    Carter's outing cost him the fulltime closer role.

    "We're going to start using different combinations with Carter being the principal guy," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.

    Antonio Perez and Lee drove in runs for the Devil Rays, 9-8 this month after going 5-21 in June, their worst record in any month.

    Sele (6-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. He had been 7-0 against the Devil Rays.

    Perez put the Devil Rays up 1-0 with a bases-loaded single in the third. Another run scored when Aubrey Huff hit into a double play.

    Anaheim's Garret Anderson extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning single. He was left stranded when center fielder Rocco Baldelli made a diving catch on DaVanon's two-out liner.

    Baldelli reached on a two-out bunt single in the seventh and scored to make it 3-0 on Lee's double.

    Lee has nine RBI in his last 11 games. In the previous 17, he drove in just one run.

    The consecutive doubles by Kennedy and Eckstein in the eighth pulled the Angels to 3-1. Al Levine replaced Bell and retired Darin Erstad and Tim Salmon on grounders.

    "We're in a little dark spot right now," Scioscia said. "I think once we get back into our game, as we were before the break, we'll get on a run."

    Game notes


    Tampa Bay DH Ben Grieve, who has a small blood clot in his upper right arm, is scheduled to see vascular surgeon Greg Pearl on Tuesday in Dallas. ... Glaus struck out in his only at-bat. He has just 17 hits in his past 114 at-bats. ... Sele had won his three previous starts, giving up one run and nine hits over 15 innings. ... The Devil Rays have had a major league-high 57 games decided by two runs or less. Tampa Bay is 26-31 in those games.

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