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Rays beat Angels again, 2-0

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UPDATE, 7:05: There was a reason Hellickson came out early - he was sick, throwing up once on the mound and several times in the dugout.

BREAKING: The Rays made it two straight shutout wins over the Angels with a 2-0 victory on Sunday, spoiling the debut of Zack Greinke.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson got them off to a strong start, holding the Angels hitless until the fourth and to only two singles through six innings, striking out five and not walking any.

Manager Joe Maddon decided six innings, and 86 pitches, were enough for Hellickson, and the bullpen took over from there with Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney - who allowed two hits then got Albert Pujols to hit into a game-ending double play - doing the rest. Rodney notched his 30th save.

The Rays weren't overly offensive, but they were opportunistic.

They scored one run in the sixth on a rally that started with an Elliot Johnson fly ball to right-center dropping between three Angels for a double. After Desmond Jennings failed to get down a bunt and Johnson got tagged out on Sam Fuld's fielder's choice grounder, the Rays ended up with Fuld on second with two outs. Ben Zobrist reached on an infield single and then Matt Joyce delivered the RBI single.

They got help in expanding the lead to 2-0 when Carlos Pena doubled to open the seventh, went to third on Ryan Roberts' rightside grounder and scored on Greinke's second wild pitch.

The Rays, who move on to Oakland for a three-game series that starts Monday, improved to 53-49 and moved to within two games of the Angels for the second wild-card spot.

It was the second time this season the Angels were shut out in back to back games.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:39am]

    

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