Jake Odorizzi was tagged for five runs in the first inning and though the Rays gradually clawed back it wasn't enough Sunday. The Angels took the series victory with a 7-5 win before nearly 26,000 fans at the Trop.
The Rays used a variety of non-hits to get runs in, with two sac flies and later a pair of bases-loaded walks in the eighth inning, when they scored three times to make it 7-5. But after Cole Figueroa's walk, after falling behind, 0-2, Kevin Kiermaier grounded out on the first pitch.
Kiermaier went 0-for-5. James Loney meanwhile went 3-for-4 including the lone run-scoring hit, a single in the seventh making it 7-3. Loney's sac fly had closed the original deficit to 5-2 in the fifth but the Angels plated single runs in the sixth and seventh.
The Angels' first out of the game came on a David Freese sac fly for a 4-0 lead. Before that Mike Trout (3-for-4), Josh Hamilton and Erick Aybar had RBI hits.
Odorizzi lasted three innings, allowing the five runs on eight hits. Kirby Yates pitched two perfect innings followed by Jeff Beliveau allowing the next two runs. Cesar Ramos, Grant Balfour and Jake McGee covered the final 2 2/3 innings allowing just one walk.
The game featured a 19-minute delay in the third inning when several banks of lights went out due to nasty weather in the area.
Tampa Bay has the long road trip to Oakland. Monday night's series opener is not on television. That means WDAE will have exclusive coverage locally starting with the 9:30 pregame. Alex Cobb will face Jeff Samardzija.