Albert Pujols Hits Two Homers, Angels win Fifth Straight

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The Angels welcomed the Tampa Bay Rays to town, for game one of a three game set, Monday night at Angels Stadium. The Angels are 27-24 on the year, and have won four in row, as they just swept the Tigers in a four game set over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Rays are 26-25, and are coming off a series win against the Orioles in Baltimore. The pitching match up for game one was Alex Colome for the Rays, and Garrett Richards for the Angels.

The Angels got the scoring started in the second, as David Freese hit a solo shot to left, giving the Angels the 1-0 lead. Rays tied it up in the third, courtesy of a RBI single by Joey Butler. In the bottom of the third, Johnny Giavotella and Erick Aybar led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and then Mike Trout crushed a three-run homer to left, giving the Angels a 4-1 lead. Rays would then cut the Angels lead to 4-3 in the fourth, as Richards gave up a two run homer to Nick Franklin. In the fifth, Albert Pujols hit his 12th homer of the season, extending the lead to 5-3. Garrett Richards exited the game in the seventh after allowing a lead-off single to Rene Rivera. He was relieved by Jose Alvarez, who got the pinch hitter, Brandon Guyer to ground into a double play. Then Fernando Salas relieved Alvarez and got Joey Butler to fly out to center, to end the seventh. Angels added two more insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, courtesy of a two run homer by Albert Pujols, extending the lead to 7-3. Cam Bedrosian pitched a scoreless ninth for the Angels, as they won game one over the Rays 7-3.

Garrett Richards pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, walking three and struck out four and picked up his fifth win of the year, as he is now 5-3 on the season. The loss was charged to Alex Colome, who also went six innings, and gave up five runs on nine hits, and fell to 3-2 on the season.