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