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Rays beat Angels 8-3 to complete sweep, head home with 8-2 mark on trip



    The Rays beat the Angels 8-3 on Sunday, completing a rare four-game road sweep and heading home with a stellar 8-2 record on their 10-day trip to Minnesota, Seattle and Anaheim.
     Rookie LHP Matt Moore went 6 1/3 innings for his 10th win, but the story of the weekend was the offense, as the Rays piled up 37 runs in the four games, their most in any series in franchise history, and against highly regarded starters. They also tied a team record by scoring seven or more runs in four straight games.
   Sunday they did most of their damage in the second inning against Zack Greinke, loading the bases on two singles and a walk, then scoring four, on a hit batter, a walk and a two-run single by Matt Joyce. They got two more in the fifth on a home run by Ryan Roberts, and another two in the ninth on a double by Carlos Pena.
  The Rays have won 11 of their last 13 games and 16 of 21 to improve to a season-high 13 games over .500 at 67-54.
  It was their first four-game road sweep since April 2010 at Boston, and their first-ever four-game sweep of the Angels. 
 They return home on Monday to open a three-game series against the Royals.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:40am]


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