Evan Longoria

Angels offense shuts down after early burst in 5-2 loss to Rays

Angels offense shuts down after early burst in 5-2 loss to Rays

The Angels believed they hit baseballs hard all night Wednesday and all across Tropicana Field. The statistics showed four hits for their efforts and a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

“It doesn’t matter how hard you hit the ball if it doesn’t fall,” Albert Pujols said. “We hit some hard balls, but we came up short. They hit a couple balls hard and they scored more than us.”

With one out in the first inning, Mike Trout pounded a fastball off of the center-field wall for a double. Pujols soon smashed the 597th home run of his career to left field, and the Angels possessed a quick lead.

An inning later, starter Ricky Nolasco yielded it. He issued a leadoff walk to Logan Morrison,...

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