7:10 PM ET, August 27, 2013
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A misplayed ball helped keep the playoff-hopeful Tampa Bay Rays in a little funk.
Jose Molina had three hits and three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which has lost three in a row. The Rays, leading the AL wild-card race, are 2½ games behind AL East-leading Boston.
"To permit that many runs late, we've done that way too many times," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've got to stop doing that."
Tampa Bay has blown 15 leads this year in the seventh inning or later, and this is the 12th time it has lost such a game.
Aybar hit a two-run double off closer Fernando Rodney (5-4) to put the Angels up 6-5 in the ninth.
"With a pitcher like Fernando you don't want to think too much," Aybar said. "Just look for a pitch in the zone and make contact."
"I just missed it," Jennings said. "It hit the tip of my glove."
It was just Jennings' second error over the past two seasons.
"It was really strange," Maddon said. "The last thing you'd expect would be for that to happen."
Aybar also had a two-run single during a three-run seventh that made it 5-4.
"Aybar hurt us," Maddon said.
The Rays entered with the majors best record, at 37-13, against teams under .500 this season, according to STATS.
The Angels (59-71) have a four-game winning streak.
Molina entered 0 for 13 against Wilson.
Roberto Hernandez allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. He left with two on and no outs in the seventh. Jake McGee entered and gave up a run-scoring grounder to Shuck and Aybar's two-run single that got the Angels within 5-4.
Wilson, who had gone 5-0 over his previous eight starts, gave up three runs, eight hits and five walks over five innings.
"We score runs and we've got a lot of guys that are hungry and want to do some damage in these last few weeks of the season," Wilson said. "Tampa Bay's on their way to playoffs, possibly, and if we can cause any disruptions, that's really the only thing we can do right now."
Mike Trout tied it at 1 in the fourth on his 23rd home run this season. It was his second homer in six at-bats against Hernandez, who struck out Trout with two on and two outs one inning later.
Molina put Tampa Bay up 1-0 on an RBI double in the second. Wilson avoided a big inning by getting an inning-ending bases-loaded fly ball from Ben Zobrist.
Tampa Bay's Wil Myers popped out with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth.
Tampa Bay optioned struggling RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Class A Charlotte for extra rest. He is not expected to pitch in the minors and should rejoin the Rays early next month. ... Angels INF Howie Kendrick (left knee) continues running and taking grounders. "We definitely expect him to play this year," manager Mike Scioscia said. ... Wilson tripped running out to pitch in the second and fell to the ground between the third base line and the mound. ... Tampa Bay All-Star LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) will make his scheduled rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Durham. He could rejoin the rotation on Sept. 3. ... The Rays plan to recall RHP Jake Odorizzi from Durham to start Thursday against the Angels. LHP David Price will have his start pushed back one day to Friday at Oakland. ... Rays DH Luke Scott (lower back spasms) will join Durham for a rehab assignment Wednesday.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 27: Manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays talks to fans before play against the...(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|2nd||J Molina doubled to deep right, Y Escobar scored, J Loney to third.||0||1|
|4th||M Trout homered to center (458 feet).||1||1|
|5th||J Molina doubled to deep center, S Rodriguez and Y Escobar scored.||1||3|
|6th||J Loney singled to right, B Zobrist and W Myers scored, Y Escobar to third.||1||5|
|7th||J Shuck grounded out to second, C Nelson scored, G Green to third, P Bourjos to second.||2||5|
|7th||E Aybar singled to left, G Green and P Bourjos scored.||4||5|
|9th||E Aybar doubled to deep right center, P Bourjos and J Shuck scored.||6||5|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||12,939 (38% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Timmons, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Winters|
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