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Wednesday, August 28th (All times Eastern)

LA Angels of Anaheim (59-71) at Tampa Bay Rays (74-56), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Garrett Richards (4-5, 3.95) Tampa Bay - Chris Archer (7-5, 2.93)

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak on Wednesday when they resume a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tropicana Field.

Tampa lost Tuesday's opener in disappointing fashion, as Erick Aybar provided the go-ahead score with a two-run double off Fernando Rodney in the ninth, capping a four-RBI performance and vaulting Los Angeles to a 6-5 win.

Aybar had cut the Angels' deficit to 5-4 with a two-run single in the seventh, then put them ahead in the ninth by shooting one into the gap in right center to score runners from second and third.

For Rodney (5-4), it was his eighth blown save of the season. He had walked leadoff man Grant Green, then was hurt by his center fielder Desmond Jennings, who misplaced his glove while charging a J.B. Shuck shallow fly ball.

"We've watched that game too many times this year. That's the kind of game we have to stop giving away," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We have to do a better job of holding leads."

Dane De La Rosa secured the victory for Ernesto Frieri (2-4), forcing Matt Joyce to ground into a 3-6 double play to end the game and allow Los Angeles to notch just its second win in its last 14 meetings with Tampa Bay.

Jose Molina went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, while James Loney added two hits and knocked in a pair for Tampa Bay, which fell 2 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston.

Now Tampa, which still occupies one of the two wild card spots in the AL, turns to rookie Chris Archer, who is 7-5 with a 2.93 ERA. Archer was terrific in beating the New York Yankees on Friday, as he held them to a pair of runs in seven innings.

Archer has never faced the Angels, but is aware of how dangerous their lineup can be.

"They're very capable of putting up five or six runs per game," Archer said. "They may not be having the greatest of seasons, but they're fully capable of producing runs. We have to be smart. This next month is crucial for us. As much as we rely on pitching and defense, we have to step it up."

Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with righty Garrett Richards, who is coming off one of the best outings of his career. Richards scattered four hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in Seattle on Friday to improve to 4-5, while lowering his ERA to 3.95.

Over his last six starts Richards has pitched to a 2.75 ERA.

08/28 10:47:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
12:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR