Series: Game 1 of 3

Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Friday, August 26
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Game 2: Saturday, August 27
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Game 3: Sunday, August 28
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Angels 8

(73-55, 36-27 away)

Devil Rays 12

(53-76, 35-32 home)

    7:15 PM ET, August 26, 2005

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: C. Fossum (8-10)

    L: E. Santana (7-6)

    Devil Rays order home plate special, outslug Angels

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels couldn't overcome a miserable fourth inning.

    Jorge Cantu, Travis Lee and Jonny Gomes all homered in the nine-run fourth, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays went on to beat the Angels 12-8 on Friday night.

    "How about a nine-run inning?" Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "That's a lot of hitting in that inning."

    Maicer Izturis homered and drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which saw its division lead shrink to 1½ games over Oakland. His homer stopped the Angels' stretch of 57 consecutive innings without one.

    "We'll regroup and get after them tomorrow," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "Tonight, they beat us up pretty bad with the long ball."

    Cantu also had a first-inning RBI double and a two-run double in the seventh to finish with a career-high five RBI. He has a team-leading 21 homers and 88 RBI.

    Lee's homer was the 100th of his career. Gomes' homer was his 18th, coming on his 230th at-bat this season.

    The teams combined for 32 hits with Tampa Bay's 18 a season high.

    Casey Fossum (8-10) won his second straight start despite allowing seven runs and nine hits over five innings.

    "To pitch like that and come out with win, there's not too many guys that have given up seven runs in five innings and still get the 'W," Fossum said. "I've got to be thankful for that. It was unbelievable offense today."

    Toby Hall hit an RBI double, Julio Lugo drove in a run on a groundout and Carl Crawford had a run-scoring single to pull Tampa Bay into a 4-all tie in the fourth. Cantu's two-run shot off Ervin Santana (7-6) gave the Devil Rays a 6-4 lead.

    Santana departed after the next batter, Aubrey Huff, doubled. Reliever Kevin Gregg then allowed a two-run shot to Lee and Gomes' solo homer in a span of four pitches as Tampa Bay went up 9-4. Joey Gathright's RBI single extended the lead to six runs.

    "We gave up some runs and we were down," Hall said. "An inning like that just shows what kind of team we have. Everybody producing. It's fun."

    Santana gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings. He was 4-1 in his previous seven starts since the All-Star break.

    "They hit the ball good," Santana said. "You can't control that. I'll do better next time."

    Izturis' two-run homer gave Los Angeles a 4-1 lead in the fourth. He had a sacrifice fly in a three-run, fifth that got the Angels within 10-7.

    The Angels had scored three or less runs in six of the previous nine games.

    "That's one good thing out of tonight's game is I think our offense was alive," Scioscia said. "We just came up a little bit short and just couldn't hold them down quite enough."

    Reliever Trever Miller's throwing error on Izturis' infield single in the seventh allowed a run score to cut the Angels' deficit to 10-8. With runners on second and third, Miller struck out Chone Figgins for the first out. Joe Borowski entered and retired Orlando Cabrera on a popup and struck out Darin Erstad.

    Borowski didn't allow a run in 1 2-3 innings, extending his scoreless streak to 21 innings. Erstad went 0-for-5, ending his 12-game hitting streak.

    "It got a little touch and go at the end," Piniella said. "Borowski had to come in and bail us out of a jam."

    Bengie Molina put the Angels up 2-0 on a two-run single in the first. Los Angeles, which went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position during the inning, left the bases loaded when Robb Quinlan grounded out to end the inning.

    Cantu made it 2-1 with an RBI double in the first. His two-run double in the seventh put Tampa Bay up 12-8.

    Game notes

    Hall experienced neck stiffness in batting practice, but started and tied a career high with four hits. ... Fossum turned his ankle chasing an errant throw in the fifth. The left-hander said he was OK. ... Tampa Bay has hit three homers in an inning four times, the last on Aug. 9, 2004, against Boston. ... Los Angeles RF Vladimir Guerrero was intentionally walked in the first. It was the 11th time in his last 14 games.

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