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Rays halt Angels winning streak

Mark Hendrickson won his seventh straight decision, denying the AL West-leading Angels a chance to reduce their magic number of five for clinching the division title.

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jorge Cantu and Aubrey Huff homered on consecutive pitches from Bartolo Colon, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeated Los Angeles 8-4 Sunday to end the Angels' eight-game winning streak.

Mark Hendrickson won his seventh straight decision, denying the AL West-leading Angels a chance to reduce their magic number of five for clinching the division title. Los Angeles began the day with a four-game lead over Oakland, which played later against Texas.

The Angels and Athletics begin a four-game series in Oakland on Monday night.

After Cantu hit a two-run shot to center with two outs in the third inning, Huff sent a high drive to right for a 4-1 lead. Jonny Gomes added a solo shot off Colon (20-8) in the fifth.

Hendrickson (11-7) allowed four runs and eight hits in eight innings. The former NBA forward struck out three and walked one before giving way to Danys Baez.

Colon, the AL's first 20-game winner this season and the first Angels pitcher to reach the plateau since Nolan Ryan in 1974, gave up six runs and 10 hits over five innings in his first loss to Tampa Bay in nine career decisions. He struck out five and walked one.

Vladimir Guerrero drove in two runs, Juan Rivera doubled home another and Garret Anderson had a sacrifice fly to account for the Angels' scoring.

Bothered recently by back pain, Colon threw 78 pitches and left trailing 6-4. He departed after seven innings in his previous start, a 2-1 win over Texas last Tuesday.

The loss was only his second in 11 decisions dating to July 16.

Cantu's home run was his 28th, and it extended his club record for RBIs in a season to 114. Huff and Gomes have 21 homers apiece.

Gomes had three hits, including a triple, and Julio Lugo had a pair of doubles, scored twice and drove in another run.

The Devil Rays got a run in the first when Lugo doubled leading off and Carl Crawford followed with an RBI single. They made it 4-1 on the pair of homers in the third.

After Los Angeles closed to 6-4 with two runs in the fifth, Tampa Bay stretched the lead to 8-4 by scoring twice against Brendan Donnelly in the sixth.

[Last modified September 25, 2005, 19:46:52]

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