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.
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.