ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels used some late offense to extend their winning streak.
C.J. Wilson struggled, but the Angels rallied in the late innings to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Erick Aybar drove in four runs with a seventh-inning single and a ninth-inning double for the Angels, who were down 3-1 when Wilson left the game in the sixth inning, and 5-1 an inning later.
"I've got to be able to go longer than five innings. I put the team in a really bad position today," said Wilson, who has lost only once in his past 14 starts.
"But 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. Tampa Bay is on their way to the playoffs possibly, and if we can cause any disruptions, that's really the only thing we can do right now."
Aybar's game-winning hit came off closer Fernando Rodney (5-4).
Peter Bourjos stole second and went to third when center fielder Desmond Jennings misplayed J.B. Shuck's fly ball for a two-base error. Aybar then followed with the key hit.
"You know Fernando's a good closer and you're going to see two pitches — a changeup and a fastball," Aybar said after matching his career high with four RBIs.
"With a pitcher like Fernando you don't want to think too much. Just look for a pitch in the zone and make contact."
After Ernesto Frieri (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth, Dane De La Rosa got the final three outs for his second save.
"The execution's been better," manager Mike Scioscia said of the Angels' longest win streak since late June-early July.
"They've been playing hard all year with not as much to show for it as we want. It's a good streak and hopefully we can keep it going."
Wilson allowed three runs, eight hits and five walks over five innings.
"It's been a while since he's had a rough start and tonight was one of them," Scioscia said.
"All those walks," Wilson said. "You give up base hits, it's no big deal because you're throwing strikes. But when you walk guys it's frustrating."