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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Trout hit RBI double to key a five-run first inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 Sunday in a game delayed by a power outage at Tropicana Field.
There was a 19-minute wait during the third inning after lightning struck a nearby power substation, causing some of the stadium lights to go out.
Trout had three hits, walked and stole a base. The Angels took two of three and handed the Rays their first series loss since early July.
Trout and the Angels took a quick lead against Jake Odorizzi (7-9).
Angels starter Jered Weaver (12-6) gave up six hits and four walks, but only two runs in six innings. He is 4-0 lifetime at Tropicana Field.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his sixth save with the Angels.
It took 20 minutes for Odorizzi to get the first out of the game. That came after two walks, Trout’s double and consecutive singles by Josh Hamilton, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick.
David Freese had a sacrifice fly and a double by Efren Navarro drove in the final two runs of the 46-pitch inning.
Trout’s second hit and Freese’s second sacrifice fly drove in runs for the Angels later in the game.
James Loney, who has reached base in 22 straight games, had three hits and drove in two runs for the Rays. Tampa Bay left 12 runners on base.
Angels: Outfielder Collin Cowgill (broken nose) could be activated from the disabled list in the next couple days.
Rays: Right fielder Wil Myers, out since May 31 with a broken right wrist, is set for on-field batting practice Monday and could start a rehab assignment Saturday.
Los Angeles: The Angels start a four-game stretch against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a two-game road series Monday night. The Angels have won 15 of the last 22 games between the teams.
Tampa Bay: The Rays open a 10-game road trip Monday night at Oakland. Manager Joe Maddon and the Rays often sets a theme for the team’s road swings, and this one is James Bond formal wear.
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