Angels fall to Rays in 13-inning battle

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After initially blowing the save in the bottom of the ninth, Los Angeles was walked off in the 13th for a crushing loss.

A taxed bullpen set the stage for Ahmed Rosario’s game-winning single in the 13th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays out lasted the Angels, 7-6, in 13 innings on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Nine of the 13 combined runs were scored in the ninth inning or later. In fact, the Angels (8-9) owned a 6-5 lead entering the bottom of the 13th inning.

Angels reliever Carson Fulmer struck out the first two batters. But he then allowed a double — scoring extra-runner Rene Pinto — and walked two before Rosario’s infield single to third, driving home Richie Palacios.

Thanks to home runs from Mickey Moniak and Logan O’Hoppe, the Angels led 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth. The Rays rallied behind a game-tying, two-run triple from Jose Caballero, forcing extra innings.

That started the dizzying extra innings in a game that lasted 3 hours and 29 minutes, the Angels’ longest of the season. The teams combined for 15 pitchers, 25 strikeouts and 391 pitches.

Here are three takeaways:

Soriano delivers solid outing

Right-hander Jose Soriano provided a solid start in the second of career, allowing one hit, one earned run in five innings.

While he managed to hold Tampa Bay to just one hit and struck out six, his control was a bit of an issue. He walked five batters and the lone run started as a leadoff walk Randy Arozarena.

If it weren’t for his high pitch count (90) and the walks, the 25-year-old could have worked deeper into the game. However, he showed his potential as a permanent piece in the rotation and had some nasty motion on his pitches.

Lineup fades in extra innings

While the Angels managed five hits through the first nine innings, they were still able to put themselves in a position to win thanks to the back-to-back homers from Moniak and O’Hoppe.

It was a tough day at the plate for the top of the lineup as the 1-4 spots combined to go 2 for 20 with no RBIs. While the bullpen holds some blame for the Rays’ rallies, the lineup needs more production if the Angeles wants to overcome these close games.

Three relievers blow saves

Before the chaos of extra innings began, the Angels could have ended the game. Closer Carlos Estevez was sent opened the ninth with two fly outs, only to surrender consecutive singles and a game-tying triple to Jose Caballero.

It was Estevez’s first blown save of the season. Reliever Jose Cisnero followed suit twice, blowing leads in the 10th and the 11th innings and Fulmer took the loss after for his performance in the 13th.

Four blown save opportunities by three pitchers summed up the rough day at Tropicana Field.

Los Angeles and Tampa Bay will square off in the third game of four in the series at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. The Angels will start ace Reid Detmers while the Rays send out Zack Littell.